National Ophthalmology Database Audit – Annual Report 2019

Reports | Published: 12 Sep 2019

Cataract surgery remains the most frequently undertaken NHS surgical procedure with approximately 414,000 cataract operations undertaken in England and 20,000 in Wales during 2017-2018. This report examines operation undertaken between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018 for 101 participating centres.

This audit reports risk-adjusted rates for two primary patient safety outcomes: posterior capsule rupture (PCR) and visual acuity (VA) loss in cataract surgery. Overall, PCR across all surgeries is 1.2% and VA is 0.7% in line with continual quality improvement.

Overall, the audit findings are favourable, indicating high quality surgery is being delivered to NHS patients. Specifically, among the contributors, no outlying centres or surgeons have been identified.

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National Ophthalmology Database Audit – Annual Report 2019