Nurses’ role in early detection of cataracts

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Craig S (2015) Nurses’ role in early detection of cataracts. Nursing Times; 111: 17, 12–14. Cataracts are a common problem but can have a significant negative impact on an person's functional abilities and emotional wellbeing. This article shows how agerelated cataracts develop and clarifies which symptoms to look out for when conducting holistic patient assessments. Many symptoms go unnoticed for years but early detection could help patients learn to manage gradual loss of vision, thereby maintaining a good quality of life for as long as possible.

By looking for early signs of cataracts when conducting holistic patient assessments, nurses can help affected patients manage any loss of vision until surgery is appropriate

In this article…

> Prevalence rates of cataract

> Predisposing factors and early warning signs and symptoms

> Cataract symptoms and differential diagnoses

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