Seeking better outcomes for cataract kids

Even in a good health system, children with cataracts sometimes miss out on optimal care, says Auckland University researcher Dr Lisa Hamm. In a co-authored study, recommendations include improving screening practices, streamlining referral pathways to specialised paediatric ophthalmologists and improving communication between families and medical staff. The study also highlighted the need for better and more creative ways to support families with surgical uptake and post-surgical follow-up. “This requires awareness of family context, including available emotional and practical support… with an emphasis on empathetic, individualised care,” the authors wrote.

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