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
  • 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.

*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.

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Rotherham & Barnsley LOC's AGM

Carlton Park Hotel, 102-104 Moorgate Rd, Rotherham S60 2BG

Annual AGM

2018-05-01 19:00:00 - 2018-05-01 21:00:00

Contact name: Tony Wing

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Herefordshire LOC's AGM

The Courtyard – Studio Theatre, Edgar Street, Hereford, HR4 9JR

Annual AGM

2018-04-25 14:30:00 - 2018-04-25 18:30:00

Contact name: Nick Black

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Calderdale and Kirklees LOC's AGM

Bertie's Banqueting Rooms, Brook Street, Elland, West Yorkshire, HX5 9AW

Annual AGM

2018-04-25 18:30:00 - 2018-04-25 21:30:00

Contact name: Russell Ramsden

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Dorset LOC's AGM

The RNLI College, West Quay Road, Poole, BH15 1HZ

Annual AGM

2018-04-25 18:30:00 - 2018-04-25 21:00:00

Contact name: Rachel Edwards

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North East London LOC's AGM

Best Western Plus Epping Forest Hotel, 30 Oak Hill, Woodford Green, London IG8 9NY

Annual AGM

2018-04-26 18:30:00 - 2018-04-26 21:00:00

Contact name: Gaynor Mendolson

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North & North East Lincolnshire LOC's AGM

The Humber room, The Ropewalk, Maltkiln Road, Barton-on-humber

Annual AGM

2018-04-27 18:30:00 - 2018-04-27 21:00:00

Contact name: Ralph Worfolk

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Sefton LOC's AGM

Pioneer Bar, 107 Liverpool Rd, Crosby, L23 5TD

Annual AGM

2018-04-30 18:00:00 - 2018-04-30 21:00:00

Contact name: Paul Newell

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Kent & Medway LOC's AGM

Charlotte Room, Marriott Tudor Park, Ashford Road, Bearsted, ME14 4NQ

Annual AGM

2018-05-01 18:00:00 - 2018-05-01 21:00:00

Contact name: Michelle Martins

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Cumbria LOC's AGM

Greenfields Hotel, Wigton, Cumbria

Annual AGM

2018-05-01 18:00:00 - 2018-05-01 21:00:00

Contact name: Bruce Avery

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Manchester LOC's AGM

The Chancellors Hotel, Chancellors Way, Moseley Way, Fallowfield, Manchester, M14 6NN

Annual AGM

2018-05-02 18:30:00 - 2018-05-02 21:00:00

Contact name: Lindsey Flynn

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