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Second-eye cataract surgery is cost-effective: results of an economic evaluation now published

Published: 3 November 2015
Eye Surgery
Cataract surgery is a common procedure that can improve vision and quality of life.

An economic evaluation of second-eye cataract surgery has been published in the journal Age and Ageing

Cataract surgery is a common procedure that can improve vision and quality of life. However, it is unclear whether cataract surgery on the second eye provides enough additional benefit to be considered clinically-effective and cost-effective.

An economic evaluation, published in the journal Age and Ageing describes a cost-utility model developed by SHTAC to estimate the cost-effectiveness of second-eye surgery in patients with patients with bilateral cataracts (in both eyes), compared to cataract surgery in one eye only. The economic evaluation was conducted as part of a project that also conducted a systematic review of the clinical effectiveness of second-eye cataract surgery. Second-eye cataract surgery was found to be generally cost-effective based on the best available data and under most assumptions.

The full research report is available open-access in the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Journals Library (Health Technology Assessment (HTA).

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

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