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J Refract Surg. 2003 May-Jun;19(3):357-63.

US trends in refractive surgery: 2002 ISRS survey.

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Abstract

PURPOSE:

To determine the latest trends in refractive surgery in the United States.

METHODS:

The full U.S. membership of the International Society of Refractive Surgery (ISRS) (approximately 900 members) was mailed the 2002 refractive surgery survey dealing with volumes, types, preferences of refractive surgery performed, and use of emerging technology.

RESULTS:

Questions regarding RK, AK, PRK, LASIK, LASEK, intracorneal ring segments (ICRS), laser thermal keratoplasty (LTK), conductive keratoplasty (CK), phakic intraocular lenses (PIOL), and clear lens extractions (CLE) were examined in the survey. Procedure preference for low, moderate, and high myopia, and hyperopia, were compared with the results from the surveys of the previous 5 years. Preference for unilateral versus bilateral same-day surgery, laser type, and microkeratome choice were also compared with the survey data from previous years. Incidence and frequency of co-management of refractive surgery patients were compared with 1999-2001 data. New questions regarding pupil measurement/documentation, wavefront aberrometry, and custom ablations were incorporated into the 2002 survey.

CONCLUSIONS:

As refractive surgery grows in the mainstream of ophthalmology, trends and changes in the United States continue to be elucidated by this professional organization survey. LASIK continues to dominate for refractive errors between -10.00 to +3.00 D. LASIK, LASEK, CLE, PIOL, and CK appear to have bright futures, whereas, RK, ICR, and LTK are on the decline. VISX continues to be utilized 2:1 over all other lasers combined, and instrumentation pupillometry is preferred 2:1 over pupil gauge cards. Currently, wavefront aberrometry and custom ablations are minimally employed but appear poised to be the wave of the future.

PMID:
12777033
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