Cataract blindness in older people and sight restoration: a reflection

Williamson, Swapna Naskar and Seewoodhary, Mahesh (2014) Cataract blindness in older people and sight restoration: a reflection. International Journal of Ophthalmic Practice, 4 (5). pp. 212-218. ISSN 2044-5504

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Abstract

Cataract is the main cause of preventable blindness globally; the World Health Organization (2010) estimates that cataract is responsible for 51% of world blindness, which represents approximately 20 million people. Surgical removal of cataracts is the only treatment that restores vision; it plays an important role in transforming quality of life and facilitates independent living. Visual impairment causes physical and emotional distress, and the role of healthcare professionals is crucial in ensuring patients receive the optimum care while being empowered. In this article, the impact of cataract blindness on an older patient and her family is discussed; this reflective account explores and analyses the care pathway of a 78-year-old, female, Indian patient who had bilateral cataract surgery in December 2012 and describes how this has affected her quality of life.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Medicine and health > Nursing
Depositing User: Rod Pow
Date Deposited: 09 May 2015 11:27
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2017 11:48
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1155

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