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Cataract surgery practice patterns in the United States Veterans Health Administration.

Research paper by Paul B PB Greenberg, Annika A Havnaer, Thomas A TA Oetting, Francisco J FJ Garcia-Ferrer

Indexed on: 01 Mar '12Published on: 01 Mar '12Published in: Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery



Abstract

To document current cataract surgery practice patterns of ophthalmologists in the United States Veterans Health Administration, an anonymous online 27-question survey was emailed to the 132 members of the Association of Veterans Affairs Ophthalmologists. The results were tabulated in a computerized database and analyzed with descriptive statistics. The response rate was 53% (70/132); 89% (62/70) of the respondents performed cataract surgery. Sixty percent (36/60) of the responding cataract surgeons were full-time employees, and most (85%, 51/60) trained residents. Common practices among them included partial coherence interferometry for biometry (81%, 47/58), topical anesthesia (57%, 33/58), clear corneal incisions (91%, 53/58), and acrylic single-piece intraocular lens (IOL) implantation (97%, 56/58). Eighty-three percent (48/58) offered toric IOLs at their facilities. These results will help benchmark cataract surgery practice patterns in teaching hospitals and facilitate comparison with cataract surgery in other settings.