Pre/Post-Operative Cataract

The aim of this pathway is to:

  • reduce unnecessary referrals to the hospital eye service
  • reduce patient anxiety and increase capacity within the overburdened hospital clinics
  • provide a more cost effective service with a greater number of patients being managed within the primary care setting

It eliminates the requirement for a visit to the GP and also provides a comparable service for people who are unable to leave their home unaccompanied but who are able to attend for surgery.

The service will be provided in the community and will be easily accessible and equitable. Widespread adoption of this pathway will remove the 'postcode lottery' of its availablilty. It will:

  • provide a rapid access, high quality service to patients with cataract
  • ensure equity of service including provision to housebound individuals
  • reduce the total number of patient visits
  • reduce the number of visits the patient makes to secondary care
  • reduce waiting lists
  • improve the quality of referrals
  • reduce the incidence of preventable blindness due to cataract in line with the Vision 2020 strategy
  • support care closer to home as expressed in the 'Our Health, Our Care, Our Say' White Paper
  • Improve quality of life in line with World Class Commissioning vision
  • provide accurate data about outcomes and patient satisfaction

LOCSU support for the pathway

LOCSU has developed a range of downloadable support for Local Optical Committees who want to introduce these pathways in their area including:

  • LOCSU Pre- and Post-Operative Cataract pathway (pathway is currently under review)
  • LOCSU Cataract Referral and Post-Operative Examination business case*
  • LOCSU Cataract Referral and Post-Operative Examination service specification*
  • LOCSU Cataract Referral form*
  • LOCSU Cataract and Post-Operative Report form*
  • LOCSU Cataract Self-Assessment questionnaire*


Please click here or above for the Pre- and Post-Operative Cataract pathway (currently under review).

*Please note that the supporting documents are only available by logging in to the members only area - please contact your LOC for the log in details, via their website at: (if there is no website, and you don't have contact details, please contact us).

Supporting Documentation for Pre- and Post-Operative Cataract Pathway (LOC members only)

Skills and training support for  Pre- and Post-Operative Cataract Pathway

If you need additional support when preparing your approach to your local commissoner, don’t forget to contact LOCSU.

Contact us

Dates for the diary

National Optical Conference 2018

Chesford Grange hotel, Nr Kenilworth, Warwick CV8 2LD

Annual NOC for LOC officers and its members

2018-11-14 17:00:00 - 2018-11-15 17:30:00

Contact email:

Contact telephone number: 020 7549 2051

East Yorkshire LOC's AGM

Village Hotel, Henry Boot Way, Hull HU4 7DY

Annual AGM

2018-11-19 18:30:00 - 2018-11-19 21:00:00

Contact name: Ean Blair

Contact email:

Contact telephone number: 07768 492806

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