NOV 2013

EyeWorld is the official news magazine of the American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery.

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Laser vision correction While the average enhancement rate was 7.6%, this rate was almost twice as much with non-U.S. surgeons (9.6%) versus U.S. surgeons (5.5%). 41% of respondents would treat 0.5 D or less of error with laser vision correction, while the average lowest level of treatable error was 0.73 D. When asked if the Randleman criteria, related to assessing patients for possible risks for ectasia postoperatively, guided their LVC patient selection process, 26% said yes. These rates were significantly higher for younger doctors versus older doctors. Interestingly, respondents said that they believe that about one-third of their patients have increased dry eye after LASIK. The vast majority of LVC procedures are driven to ASCRS LVC surgeons via patient-to-patient referrals (almost twothirds). New generation marketing is shown to be more effective than conventional marketing, and interestingly, optometric referrals are shown to drive about 12% of ASCRS member procedures. Over the next 18 months, ASCRS members believe that their procedures will grow by 15%, and younger doctors are predicting an even greater rise compared to their older colleagues. 6

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