If you and your eye surgeon agree that you are likely to benefit from cataract surgery, and you agree to have surgery, this will be arranged.
Where there is a high need for services, you will be put on a waiting list for surgery. Most hospitals use a system that makes sure that patients with the greatest need for surgery are scheduled for cataract surgery first. This means that the severity of your vision problems and their impact on your life should be taken into account. For example, poor eyesight can affect your ability to work, drive, cook, read and write, or your ability to care for yourself or others. Your clinicians will also consider any other health conditions you have and your risk of falls. Some health conditions may make it more urgent for you to have cataract surgery, while others could mean that surgery is less likely to help you.
Let your GP, optometrist or eye specialist know if your vision worsens or other circumstances change while you are on a waiting list for cataract surgery.