About Cataracts

Cataracts are a very common eye condition. As people get older the lens inside the eye gradually changes and becomes less transparent (less clear). Cataracts are treated by surgery, during which the cloudy lens is removed and replaced with an artificial lens. 

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists works with regulatory health bodies, heath services and charities within the eye sector. We lead on recommendations and guidance, based on research and evidence, for the best patient outcomes.  We provide FAQs and patient leaflets to help you understand more about eye diseases, and what those involved in the management of eye care do.

We do not provide clinical advice as that is best managed by the healthcare professional or consultant that you are seeing.

Some other useful sources of information on cataracts:

The cataract audit aims to improve the care that patients undergoing cataract surgery receive and to achieve this, information is collected on how hospitals provide care to help them identify any area that needs improvement.

NHS England has produced a Shared Decision Making Tool to support shared decision making between you and your clinician. You may find they are useful before, during or between consultations depending on your care pathway.

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If you have any questions about the information available on this site, please email noa.project@rcophth.ac.uk