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Eye (Lond). 2015 Apr;29(4):552-60. doi: 10.1038/eye.2015.3. Epub 2015 Feb 13.

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists' National Ophthalmology Database study of cataract surgery: report 1, visual outcomes and complications.

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1
The NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, London, UK.
2
1] The Royal College of Ophthalmologists' National Ophthalmology Database, London, UK [2] Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Cheltenham, UK.
3
1] The Royal College of Ophthalmologists' National Ophthalmology Database, London, UK [2] Department of Ophthalmology, Bristol Eye Hospital, Bristol, UK.

Abstract

AIMS:

To describe the outcomes of cataract surgery in the United Kingdom.

METHODS:

Anonymised data on 180 114 eyes from 127 685 patients undergoing cataract surgery between August 2006 and November 2010 were collected prospectively from 28 sites. Outcome measures included intraoperative and postoperative complication rates, and preoperative and postoperative visual acuities.

RESULTS:

Median age at first eye surgery was 77.1 years, 36.9% cases had ocular co-pathology and 41.0% patients underwent cataract surgery on both eyes. Preoperative visual acuity was 0.30 logMAR or better in 32.0% first eyes and 47.7% second eyes. Postoperative best-measured visual acuity was 0.00 and 0.30 logMAR or better in 50.8 and 94.6% eyes without ocular co-pathology, and 32.5 and 79.9% in eyes with co-pathology. For eyes without co-pathology, postoperative uncorrected distance visual acuity was 0.00 and 0.30 logMAR or better in 27.3 and 80.9% eyes. Posterior capsule rupture or vitreous loss or both occurred in 1.95% cases, and was associated with a 42 times higher risk of retinal detachment surgery within 3 months and an eight times higher risk of endophthalmitis.

CONCLUSION:

These results provide updated data for the benchmarking of cataract surgery. Visual outcomes, and the rate of posterior capsule rupture or vitreous loss or both appear stable over the past decade.

PMID:
25679413
PMCID:
PMC4816350
DOI:
10.1038/eye.2015.3
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