More than half of ophthalmologists do most or all of their cataract surgery at ambulatory surgery centers, according to a survey conducted for the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.
According to the latest survey, conducted in 2002, 38.9% of the surgeons performed all of their cataract cases in an ASC and 20.2% performed most of these cases in an ASC.
In contrast, 31.9% conducted all of their cataract cases in a hospital and 9.0% conducted most cases in a hospital, according to the survey, which was performed by Analeyz, based in Palm Springs, Calif., and released last month.
David Leaming, M.D., an ophthalmologist and president of Analeyz, adds that the data in the past few years shows a gradual increase in cataract surgeries at the expense of Lasik surgery.
After a late 1990s boom in Lasik surgery, he says, Lasik volume fell 12% in 2001 and was essentially flat in 2002.
Leaming attributes the decline in Lasik surgery to growing malpractice litigation and the effect of the declining economy on a procedure that is paid out-of-pocket.
Volume of cataract surgery, a covered procedure usually paid by Medicare, took a dip in Lasik's heyday in 1998 but has recovered since then, he says.