Cataract Surgery Volume Increases Nationally
A recent survey conducted by the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) showed that the number of cataract surgeries has increased in the United States. Over 3.21 million procedures were performed which is a 2% increase from 2008. Likewise, the use of specialty, or presbyopic IOLs, has increased steadily since receiving FDA approval. Since 2008, the use of these lenses has increased 24%.
Rather than implanting a standard, monofocal lens during the cataract procedure, surgeons are offering multifocal and accommodative lenses to their patients. ReSTOR, a multifocal lens, and Crystalens, an accommodative lens, are proven to provide patients with exceptional visual outcomes following cataract surgery. Surgeons are also offering the Toric IOL to correct significant pre-existing astigmatism in the cataract patient.
“The presbyopic lenses are an exciting option for our patients”, states Dr. Paveloff, “Patients who have worn glasses for many years are ecstatic that they no longer require them following their cataract surgery.”