News and notices. November 26, 2014

Improving the quality of our cataract patients’ lives

Cataract surgery has restored this man's vision. PAKISTAN. © Jamshyd Masud/Sightsavers
Cataract surgery has restored this man’s vision. PAKISTAN. © Jamshyd Masud/Sightsavers

Vision loss has a major negative impact on the quality of older people’s lives. Sight remains as valued and important in later life as at any other age and its loss is one of the things older people fear most. Improving access to eye care services for this age group, as well as older people’s uptake of such services, is therefore very important.

In this article from 2008, Sarah Polack from the International Centre for Eye Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine takes a closer look at some of the ways in which vision loss and blindness can affect the lives of older adults; she also highlights the positive impact sight-restoring cataract surgery has on older people’s lives.

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