isrs/aao survery reports refractive surgery volume down 15%

The annual survey of ISRS/AAO members showed overall laser vision correction volume was down 15 percent among its members, said Richard J. Duffey, MD, who conducts the annual survey Trends in Refractive Surgery in the United States. This year’s survey was conducted online for the first time and received a response rate of 19.4 percent. Among the highlights:

  • About 25 percent of refractive surgeons have had some form of modern refractive correction, three or four times greater than that of the general population. The rate is even higher among family members: 36 percent of spouses, 19 percent of children and 57 percent of siblings.
  • Femtosecond laser use outstripped microkeratome use for the first time in 2009, with 52 percent of surgeons now using a femtosecond laser. VISX excimer laser still dominates the laser market with a 58 percent share, but the WaveLight laser system is on the rise with 28 percent of the market.
  • Among premium IOLs, the ReStor is still the most popular, implanted in 9 percent of cataract surgery; the Crystalens, 6 percent, and the Tecnis, 4 percent.

Learn more about Dr. Duffey’s study online http://www.duffeylaser.com

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