‘Their vision will be worse’: Experts call for rethink on cataract surgery wait time

Eye health experts have called for a focus on reducing wait times for cataract surgery, claiming a quicker road to treatment could save state health systems millions.

In a paper published by the Sax Institute on Wednesday, leading Sydney surgeons and researchers from UNSW, the University of Sydney and the University of Melbourne criticised significant inequality between public and private patients in accessing cataract surgery in Australia, noting that, while private patients could receive their operation within a number of weeks, many public patients were waiting more than a year.

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