Immediate Sequential Bilateral Cataract Surgery (ISBCS) – a strategy for safer Covid recovery?
We are facing significant capacity challenges brought about by the COVID pandemic. We need to plan restoration of cataract surgery whilst dealing with the challenges of COVID transmission prevention. This has created opportunity to put forward more sustainable and effiencient cataract pathways.
This has led to some surgeons and units reconsidering the role of immediate sequential bilateral cataract surgery (ISBCS) and whether this can help to reduce risks associated with multiple visits and to optimise and streamline services. For others, this procedure remains controversial and there is concern about putting patients at an unacceptable level of risk. There is also debate about when and how this should be offered to patients in light of the 2017 NICE guidance on adult cataract and more recent advice on consent and any requirement to inform patients about all available options. The College is developing a rapid advice guidance document on this subject jointly with UKISCRS.
The RCOphth is running a free 90 minute webinar to discuss the role of ISBCS for COVID recovery and the longer term, hearing from those who have experience of delivering this care, and those who will discuss the potential risks and downsides. Chaired by Philip Bloom, President, UKISCRS.