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ISRS 2011 U.S. Trends Survey

The 2011 U.S. Trends in Refractive Surgery Survey was completed by the ISRS membership in October 2011 with a 34% response rate. This was the fifteenth year of U.S. surgeon data collection and allows ISRS members from the United States to have their voices heard on refractive surgery.

Download the 2011 U.S. Trends Survey Presentation (PDF)

Summary of Results

  • Excimer laser most commonly used: VisX 2:1 (58%) over Wavelight (29%) which is slightly down this year.
  • 27% of respondents are OK with bilateral P-IOL and 9% with bilateral RLE at the same surgical setting (increased).
  • Multifocal IOL (15%) over accommodative IOL (3%) as a preferred lens-based presbyopia option when used for RLE.
  • Femtosecond laser use on the rise (57%).
  • Thinner flaps on the rise: 100 micron or less flaps are favored by 53% of surgeons (up from 12% in ‘04).
  • RSB Thickness on the rise: 32% still think 250 microns is adequate, but 64% recommend 275 microns or more.
  • New post-LASIK ectasia cases continue to be on the decline.
  • Pentacam (46%) outpaced Z-H (41%) and Orbscan II (39%) for the first time.
  • LVC Volume up 6% within ISRS membership in 2011 relative to 2010.
  • Ratio of Surface Ablation / Total LVC increased from 24% to 29% over past year.

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