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Cataract surgery outcomes at a UK independent sector treatment centre
  1. Zeba A Syed1,
  2. Javad Moayedi2,
  3. Mehdi Mohamedi2,
  4. Jacob Tashter2,
  5. Teresa Anthony2,
  6. Celadet Celiker2,
  7. Georges Khazen3,
  8. Samir A Melki1,2,4
  1. 1Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  2. 2UK Specialist Hospitals, London, UK
  3. 3Lebanese American University, Beirut, Lebanon
  4. 4Boston Eye Group, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Samir A Melki, Cornea and Refractive Surgery Service, Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, 243 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114, USA; samir_melki{at}


Background/Aims The goal of this study was to review cataract surgery outcomes at three independent surgery treatment centres established by the UK Specialist Hospitals (UKSH) and to compare these outcomes with recognised benchmarks.

Methods All patients who underwent cataract surgery at UKSH between July 2005 and March 2013 were included. Complication rates were obtained using annual quality reports, logbooks kept in operating theatres and outpatient departments, and electronic medical records. Refractive outcomes and biometry results between December 2010 and March 2013 were obtained from electronic medical records. Results were compared with previously published benchmarks.

Results This study reviewed 20 070 cataract surgeries. UKSH had lower rates of several operative complications compared with the Cataract National Dataset benchmark study. These included choroidal haemorrhage, hyphaema, intraocular lens complications, iris damage from phacoemulsification, nuclear fragment into the vitreous, phacoemulsification wound burn, posterior capsule rupture or vitreous loss or both, vitreous in anterior chamber, and zonular dialysis. UKSH had lower rates of postoperative complications including corneal decompensation, cystoid macular oedema, iris to wound, posterior capsule opacification with yttrium aluminium garnet indicated, raised intraocular pressure, retained soft lens matter, uveitis, vitreous to section, and wound leak. Biometry outcomes at UKSH were significantly better than recently published benchmarks from the National Healthcare Service.

Conclusions This is the first large-scale retrospective study of cataract surgery outcomes in the UK independent sector. The results indicate comparable or lower rates for most complications as compared with data collected in a previously published study.

  • Public health
  • Treatment Surgery

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