The Cataract Explosion: The Changing Pattern of Diagnoses of Patients Attending an Ophthalmic Outpatient Department

Published on Jan 1, 1991in Eye2.455
· DOI :10.1038/EYE.1991.59
M Batterbury1
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P T Khaw1
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+ 1 AuthorsA R Elkington1
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An outpatient diagnostic index was used to analyse data relating to a sample of new patients attending the Southampton Eye Hospital in 1979 and 1986. Our main findings are an increased demand for cataract surgery by an increasingly aged population and a trend towards operating on cataracts at an earlier stage in their development. These and other results are discussed.
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