The RCOphth NOD Audit hosts both the established National Cataract Audit and the recently launched Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Audit as part of its programme. 

We welcome participating sites to submit clinical data, collected as part of routine clinical care, to NOD for analysis. Participation in both audits is open to both public and independent providers, across England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands.

NOD audits aim to provide real-world benchmarks and enable patients, providers and commissioners to compare clinical outcomes and key care processes at different sites. This will enable informed decision-making and patient choice.


Cataract audit:

  • Provides an opportunity for providers to update benchmark standards of care for cataract surgery across the UK
  • It aims to drive improvements in the quality of care for patients undergoing cataract surgery by identifying variations in access to, and outcomes of, cataract surgery
  • The audit is an important quality assurance measure of the most frequently performed surgical procedure undertaken in the NHS


Age-related macular degeneration audit:

  • AMD remains the leading cause of sight impairment, despite new treatment options
  • It is estimated to affect 600,000 people in the UK with 39,800 patients developing “wet” AMD each year
  • The number of people with AMD is expected to rise by an alarming 60% by 2035
  • Prompt diagnosis and continued maintenance treatments for AMD are vital to maintaining vision and reducing irrecoverable visual loss


Data is collected as a by-product of routine clinical care using Electronic Medical Records (EMR) systems in Hospital Eye Services.

The RCOphth NOD is not limited to any particular EMR or database supplier.


Data collection:

  • Cataract Audit: Data collection is in progress for the sixth year of the cataract audit which will run from 01 April 2021-31 March 2022
  • Age-related Macular Degeneration Audit: The first full data extraction for the AMD audit will take place in May 2022 and will extract data from 01 April 2010 to 31 March 2022