Cataract

Case history: Binaural audio therapy

Illustration: Angela Ho

Madam Achara started having trouble with her vision in her early 60s. Her once-clear eyesight started misting and blurring.

Tuesday, 18 December, 2012, 9:03am

Quiz

A new hi-tech approach to cataract surgery introduced to Hong Kong about three months ago is said to be safer and more efficient than the traditional manual method.

3 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Review urged of private-ops pilot scheme

Doctors have called on the Hospital Authority to review or end a long-running pilot scheme providing subsidies to cataract patients to have private surgery after the Audit Commission recommended an overall evaluation of such plans.

19 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

New centre speeds up cataract treatment

A cataract centre opened earlier this year in Tseung Kwan O Hospital has helped double the number of patients treated annually in Kowloon East to 5,000 and cut the waiting time for surgery from three to two years.

29 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Hospital service luck of the draw

How soon a patient receives an operation at public hospitals appears to depend on the luck of the draw.

A cataract patient may wait anything from three to 37 months, according to hospital figures obtained by the South China Morning Post.

21 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Cataract

Cataract Gallery Exit and Experimenta Until Dec 11

Water as connection, as metaphor and as object, has been an oft-used element in artwork for centuries. For Nadim Abbas' new solo exhibition at both Gallery Exit and Experimenta, two spaces in Sheung Wan, water is at once materially present as well as a multilayered allegory.

30 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Cataract

Experimenta, Gallery Exit Nov 5 to Dec 11

Artist Nadim Abbas' latest solo exhibition plays on the dual meanings of 'cataract': a large waterfall and a cloudiness in the lens of the eye that blurs vision.

4 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Lens fragment just 'complication'

United Christian Hospital yesterday denied that a lens fragment found in the eye of a patient after undergoing a cataract operation meant there had been a blunder.

11 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Prosecution of elderly hawker reviewed after public uproar

Officials are reviewing a prosecution against an elderly woman hawker after the case drew fierce criticism from the public.

The 74-year-old has sold nail clippers, combs and sewing kits in front of a money exchange shop in Hong Ning Road, Kwun Tong, for years. She earns about HK$50 a day, which helps to support her husband.

19 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Cataract patients diverted

About 7,100 cataract patients have been treated in the private sector with government aid since 2008, the Food and Health Bureau said. It will spend HK$55 million in the next two years aiding 8,000 operations. Waiting time for surgery in public hospitals in 2007 was 35.5 months, but this was cut to 31 months by December last year.

15 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Cataracts in focus

'The main symptom is blurring of vision,' says ophthalmologist Christopher Yu.

'Another type, however, causes glare, as the formation of the cataract leads to a scattering of light.

16 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Cataract surgery waiting time should be addressed

Ten years must seem like a lifetime to wait for surgery that will make a real difference to one's quality of life, particularly for older people who need operations for cataracts. Years of impaired vision that can be easily corrected is not a price anyone should have to pay for growing old.

1 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Patients wary over subsidy scheme for cataract surgery

A programme offering patients waiting for cataract operations a HK$5,000 subsidy to have their cases handled privately has received a lukewarm response.

Only 800 out of 2,500 patients approached accepted invitations to take part in the scheme, which was set up because of the three-year wait at public hospitals.

30 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

HK$40m scheme to get thousands off waiting list for cataract surgery

Thousands of patients waiting for cataract operations will be offered a HK$5,000 subsidy to have their cases dealt with by private ophthalmologists because of the three-year wait at public hospitals.

The subsidy will be paid directly to their doctors. The government has provided HK$40 million to the Hospital Authority for the programme.

21 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Scheme to aid cataract patients

Thousands of patients waiting for cataract operations will be offered a HK$5,000 subsidy to have their cases dealt with by private ophthalmologists because of the three-year wait at public hospitals.

The subsidy will be paid directly to their doctors.

The government has provided HK$40 million to the Hospital Authority for the programme.

21 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

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