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SHTAC is critically appraising the cost-effectiveness of second-eye cataract surgery in patients with bilateral cataract

Published: 9 May 2013
Eye surgery

SHTAC is conducting a systematic review and economic evaluation of the effectiveness and safety of second-eye cataract surgery in patients who have two cataracts and have already received cataract surgery in the first eye. The project has been commissioned by the NIHR HTA Programme.

Cataract is a clouding of the eye lens which reduces vision and, if left untreated, can lead to blindness in the affected eye. Lens replacement surgery for cataract in a single eye is a frequently-conducted, safe and cost-effective outpatient procedure for restoring patients' vision. However, cataracts commonly occur in both eyes, and in such cases it is unclear whether patients would benefit from replacement of both lenses compared to single-eye surgery. In this project SHTAC will critically review the evidence for the effectiveness and safety of second-eye compared to first-eye cataract surgery in patients diagnosed with two cataracts, and will conduct an economic evaluation to explore the cost-effectiveness of cataract surgery on the second eye. 

For more information on SHTAC's research into eye diseases please visit our Research page

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