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Improving cataract referrals in Scotland: What is an urgent cataract?

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DL had the initial idea. JN, MK, and GB collected the data and drafted the article. DL revised the article and provided senior support. All authors agree with the final submitted version.

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Nairn, J., Khalil, M., Brown, G. et al. Improving cataract referrals in Scotland: What is an urgent cataract?. Eye (2024).

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