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The UK NSC recommendation on Congenital cataract screening in newborns

Recommendation Systematic population screening programme recommended
Last review completed July 2006
Next review due in n/a
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Find general information about population health screening.

Why is screening recommended by UK NSC?

Screening for congenital cataract, other media opacities and anatomical abnormalities are part of the physical examination of newborn babies and again at 6-8 weeks.

A Programme Centre has been set up in England and all aspects of the examination are being reviewed.

More about Congenital cataracts

About two hundred children a year are born in the UK with opacity of the lens of one or both eyes - a cataract. Most children born with cataracts are otherwise healthy. Though in some cases a cataract is a sign of a syndrome. (such as Down's syndrome). 

» Read more about congenital cataracts on NHS UK

Screening in the UK

Compare how screening is offered across the UK.


British Association of Perinatal Medicine
Faculty of Public Health
Royal College of General Practitioners
Royal College of Midwives
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
Royal College of Physicians
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

The stakeholder groups will be involved when the recommendation is next reviewed. If you think your organisation should be added, please contact us. More information for stakeholders can be found in appendix C of the UK NSC evidence review process.

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