Cataract management: effect on patients’ quality of life
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Cataract management: effect on patients’ quality of life

Susan Watkinson Associate lecturer, College of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare, University of West London, England
Ramesh Seewoodhary Senior lecturer, Ophthalmic and adult nursing, College of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare, University of West London, England

This article summarises the epidemiology of cataract, the normal and altered physiology of the eye’s lens, and the causes of and risk factors associated with the condition. It outlines the aims of modern cataract surgery and discusses the main surgical approaches. The effects of ‘cataract blindness’ on the patient’s quality of life are addressed, with particular reference to the negative effect of the onset of depression. The role of the nurse in promoting quality of life is explored with reference to the value of psychosocial theory in the care of and promotion of health to older patients with cataracts.

Nursing Standard. 29, 21,42-48. doi: 10.7748/ns.29.21.42.e9222

Received: 18 June 2014

Accepted: 22 September 2014

Published in print: 21 January 2015

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review