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RCT of Follow up Following Cataract Extraction

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Last updated:21st Feb 2014

Purpose:
To examine the safety of omitting the routine postoperative eye clinic review following phacoemulsification cataract surgery.

Background:
Approximately 300000 cataract extractions are performed annually in the NHS in England, requiring a similar number of post-operative visits, the majority of which result in no change in management. A conservative estimate of 70% of visits being unnecessary suggests a potential saving to the NHS of approximately £10M annually.

What's involved:
The study involves some questionnaires during the duration of the study. These include questionnaires relating to the quality of life of the patient (conducted before the operation, and at the 3 month research clinic) and a patient satisfaction questionnaire. There is also a research clinic 3 months following the operation.

What are the risks/benefits:
There are no real personal benefits to patients on the trial. The trial aims to provide very important information regarding the safety of discharging patients immediately after surgery. However the trial could potentially save many thousands of unnecessary hospital visits each year.

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Study start date 2014-02-21

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