How long do I have to wait to get my cataract operation?

How long you might have to wait for cataract surgery can depend on the waiting list in your local area. There are guidelines which state how long your maximum wait should be on the NHS website.

If the impact of cataracts on your vision is causing you difficulties with day to day activities, you should speak to your eye clinic and let them know. You can also speak to your GP if there are very long waiting lists in your area.

Coping with poor vision while waiting for surgery can be difficult, especially if both eyes ae affected. Magnifiers, brighter light bulbs/increased lighting and colour contrasting can all help make things a little easier while you wait.

Further information on waiting times:

England NHS Choices waiting times

Scotland NHS inform

Wales NHS DIrect

Northern Ireland NI Direct

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