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Profile of patients presenting for cataract surgery in the UK: national data collection
  1. Parul Desaia,
  2. Angela Reidya,
  3. Darwin C Minassianb
  1. aDepartment of Ophthalmology, Southampton University Hospitals Trust, bInstitute of Ophthalmology, University College London
  1. Dr Parul Desai, Moorfields Eye Hospital, City Road, London EC1V 2PD.


AIMS/METHODS A national data collection exercise was carried out in more than 100 hospital eye service units within the UK to provide clinical and administrative information on patients undergoing cataract surgery. This included patient clinical data such as visual acuity at the time of wait listing and at the time of admission for surgery, presence of other eye disorders, other serious medical disorders, and data on waiting time and type of admission.

RESULTS The profiles of the 18 454 patients aged 50 years or older are reported. Findings of particular note were as follows. At the time of wait listing for cataract surgery 31% had visual acuity of 6/12 or better, 54% had visual acuity between 6/18 and 6/60, and 15% had less than 6/60 vision. Considering those who had visual acuity of 6/12 or better at the time of wait listing, by the time of admission for surgery, the vision deteriorated to 6/18–6/60 in 33% and in a further 3% the vision deteriorated to below 6/60. In patients with moderately poor visual acuity (<6/12–6/60) at the time of wait listing, 13% had less than 6/60 vision by the time of admission for surgery.

CONCLUSION This type of data collection and reporting exercise provides new material that can be used in the planning and provision of cataract surgery services in the UK.

  • patient profile
  • cataract surgery
  • United Kingdom
  • data collection

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