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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Dates for the diary

Salford & Trafford LOC's AGM

Marriott Worsley Park Hotel, Walkden Road, Manchester, M28 2QT


2017-05-24 18:30:00 - 2017-05-24 21:00:00

Contact name: Lindsey Flynn

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Hampshire LOC's AGM

Norton Park Hotel, Sutton Scotney, Winchester SO21 3NB


2017-06-06 18:00:00 - 2017-06-06 21:00:00

Contact name: Ian Silk

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Lincolnshire LOC's AGM

Bentley Hotel, Lincoln Rd, S Hykeham, Lincoln LN6 9NH


2017-06-07 18:45:00 - 2017-06-07 21:00:00

Contact name: Sab Bahl

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Leeds LOC's AGM

Thackray Medical Museum, 141 Beckett Street, Leeds LS9 7LN


2017-06-08 18:00:00 - 2017-06-08 21:00:00

Contact name: Alison Alderson

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Wirral LOC's AGM

The Village Hotel, Pool Lane, Bromborough, Wirral, CH62 4UE


2017-06-12 18:00:00 - 2017-06-12 21:00:00

Contact name: Dylan Barton

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Staffordshire LOC's AGM

Yarnfield Training & Conference Centre, Yarnfield, Stone ST15 0NL


2017-06-13 18:30:00 - 2017-06-13 21:00:00

Contact name: Alison Lowell

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Cumbria LOC's AGM

Crooklands Hotel, Crooklands, nr Kendal, Cumbria LA7 7NW


2017-06-13 19:30:00 - 2017-06-13 21:00:00

Contact name: Bruce Avery

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Merton, Sutton & Wandsworth LOC's AGM

Grenfell Housing & Training, 16-20 Kingston Road, London, SW19 1JZ


2017-06-14 18:30:00 - 2017-06-14 21:00:00

Contact name: Mark Richardson

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Essex LOC's AGM

The Northumberland Suite, Writtle College, Lordship Road, Writtle, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 3EH


2017-06-15 18:00:00 - 2017-06-15 21:00:00

Contact name: Katie Kingcott

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Cambridgeshire LOC's AGM

George Hotel, George St, Huntingdon PE29 3AB


2017-06-15 18:30:00 - 2017-06-15 21:00:00

Contact name: Vivien Rosamond

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