The Department has made no changes to national health service guidelines on cataract procedures since 2010.
Primary care trusts are responsible for the commissioning of treatment and services for people with cataracts, taking into account the available evidence on best practice and the needs of the local population.
In March 2012, we asked the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) to develop a quality standard on cataracts as part of a library of approximately 170 NHS quality standards. NICE has not yet published a timescale for the development of this quality standard.
A full list of Quality Standards, including information on those currently in development and those already published can be found on NICE'S website at: