NPR ran a story this week asking should eye surgeons fulfill a dying man’s wish to see his family?
The patient had exhausted cancer treatment and was on hospice. But he also had significant cataracts blocking his vision.
Some clinicians were opposed to performing surgery on a patient with only weeks to live. But the ophthalmologist author makes a compelling case for why this easy low-cost surgery offered the patient real benefits even if they were short-lasting.