My cataract operation/treatment has been cancelled, what do I do?

Delays in routine surgery for cataracts due to coronavirus (Covid-19) could mean that if you are waiting for surgery, your wait will be extended. Whilst this is unavoidable, the following information may help you to cope whilst you wait.

To reassure you, a delay in surgery for cataracts does not put your sight at risk permanently. Cataracts do not cause permanent loss of vision and a delay of several months would not mean you are at a higher risk of complications or that the result will not be as good as it would have been.

However, you should monitor your vision (one eye at a time) for any sudden deterioration or any new (and unexpected) symptoms such as severe eye pain, which could be a rare symptom of advanced cataract or another condition that is unrelated to the cataract.

Please take a look at RNIB’s Making the Most of your Sight booklet which can be downloaded from their Online Shop or you can call RNIB’s Helpline on 0303 123 9999. Further information can also be found on RNIB's Advice for people who are waiting for cataract surgery web page.

If you are concerned about driving and whether you need to inform the DVLA, you can check this by searching the A to Z of medical conditions that could affect your driving, on the DVLA website or by calling their medical helpline 0300 790 6806.

Further information can also be found on the coronavirus web pages, along with additional information for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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