Will nhs operate on both eyes as I don't drive?

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My mother in law went the hospital and was diagnosed with cataracts in both eyes, and was told she would only be able to have one operated by the NHS as she didn't drive!!!

The other one would have to be done privately !!

Is this correct??

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    Hi Well usually the surgeon will only operate on one eye then when everything is okay will operate on the other eye.
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    The usual issue for the NHS is the extent to which the cataracts affect your ability to carry out daily activities. In your mother-in-law's case they may think one operation will meet her needs. If this is not the case, it may be that your local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have set their own (more strict) criteria. While your mother-in-law may not be able to drive, the ability to read is at least as important and if she has other responsibilities these need to be brought to the attention of the hospital involved.

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    I think you will find the nhs will advise operating on the eye requiring atention. They will then review on post op check. It may then mean the other eye will be done at a later date. Bilateral cateract ops are done privately on same day by some surgeons whilst others will book you in on two seperate occasions to see how first op goes. All the nhs would say is do one and then other would be done when another assessment showed the need. It may be that doing one eye improves sight problems effectively in itself..or it may be that it then shows a need for other to be done too.
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    I can only quote my own experience: I had cataracts on both eyes. My optician referred me to a consultant and I had one eye done and the second one two weeks later. This was on the NHS. I don't drive and there was never any suggestion that not being a driver would affect the decision to operate.

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      Recent changes in nhs criteria may be why things have changed re criteria but if the second ones needs doing im sure they would do it at some point.
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