Cataract Surgery Practice Patterns of Canadian Ophthalmological Society Members—2014 Survey
This is the sixth annual survey on the practice patterns of the Canadian Ophthalmological Society (COS) members in cataract surgery.
In January 2014, an e-mail with a link to Fluid Surveys was sent from the COS office to its 292 members who had indicated their practice focus to be cataract surgery. Two reminders were sent at 2 weeks intervals. There were some new questions in this survey pertaining to femto-assisted cataract surgery. Approval for the survey was obtained from the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region Ethics Board. All responses were collected anonymously.
There were 108 responses (37%). Femto-assisted cataract surgery was performed by 8% of the respondents. The commonest wound size was still 2.75 mm. However there was a marked increase in the use of the 2.2 mm wound size. There was a moderate increase in the use of the Toric and Multifocal intraocular lenses (IOLs). There was an increase in the correction of astigmatism at the time of cataract surgery. The use of a Toric IOL was still the preferred method.
Over the last six years the majority of the practice patterns in cataract surgery of the Canadian Ophthalmological Society members have not changed significantly. However there are certain areas where definite trends are noted.