A Canadian Health Unit report said that a doctor’s cataracts are partly to blame for incorrect pathology reports that led to an unnecessary colostomy, two mastectomies, and at least four other cases of “serious concern.”

The story was reported by healthzone.ca. See the whole story at:

http://www.healthzone.ca/health/newsfeatures/article/840505–doctor-s-cataracts-partly-blamed-for-medical-error

How would you detect the gradual decline of someone’s visual acuity/performance that what a key part of their job?

With corrective surgery for cataracts so common and available, why didn’t the doctor act before his performance declined noticeably?

Should hospitals have a requirement for periodic eye test for older physicians whose practice required visual acuity?