Cataract Top 10

  1. How can cataracts be prevented from developing?
  2. Can the return of cloudy or blurred vision after cataract surgery known as posterior capsule opacity (PCO) or secondary cataract be prevented?
  3. How can cataract progression be slowed down?
  4. What alternatives to treat cataracts other than cataract surgery are being developed?
  5. What is the cause of cataract?
  6. How can cataract surgery outcomes be improved?
  7. How safe and effective is laser assisted cataract surgery?
  8. Should accommodative lenses be developed for cataract surgery?
  9. What is the best measure of visual disability due to cataract?
  10. Can retinal detachment be prevented after cataract surgery?
  11. What are the outcomes for cataract surgery among people with different levels of cognitive impairment (whatever the cause but including dementia, stroke, neurological conditions, head injuries)?

The following questions were also discussed and put in order of priority at the workshop:

  1. Can cataract surgery contribute to macular degeneration?
  2. What level of pain/discomfort does the patient feel during topical anaesthetic compared to local-sub-Tenon's anaesthetic?
  3. If a person has cataracts in both eyes should they be operated on at the same time?
  4. When should cataract surgery take place?
  5. Why does a vitrectomy so often lead to cataract formation?
  6. What is the most effective way of dealing with a rupture of the lens capsule during surgery?
  7. Is cataract surgery beneficial in cases where there is marked photosensitivity?
  8. To what extent can cataract development be predicted?
  9. Is there a link between cataract and cerebral palsy?

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For full details of all of the questions identified, please see the document below.