The cover story in the April 10, 2019, issue of Ocular Surgery News focuses on laser refractive surgery trends over the past few decades and a look toward the future. Here are some of the issue’s publication exclusives:
Laser refractive surgery gradually regains ground since peaking in early 2000s
According to statistics released by the Refractive Surgery Council, the volume of laser vision correction procedures in the U.S. grew for the third consecutive year in 2018. The overall number of LASIK, PRK and SMILE procedures performed was more than 843,000 last year, representing a 6.2% increase over 2017. Read more.
Millennials will be the next target for laser vision correction
Numbers from the Refractive Surgery Council confirm that laser corneal refractive surgery has kept growing in the U.S. for the past 3 years and in 2018 surpassed 800,000 eyes per year. LASIK dominates, followed by PRK and finally the more recently launched SMILE. The trends to me suggest that there is increasing interest and growth in alternatives to LASIK, such as PRK, transepithelial PRK and SMILE. Read more.
OCT used as a tool for pupilloplasty evaluation
Spectral-domain OCT offers high-resolution visualization of the architecture of these knots. Read more.
By the Numbers
Interesting trends and countertrends
Let’s take a look at some of the possible disrupters of the conservative eye care profession. Read more.
Gr a nd Rounds at the New England Eye Center
Woman experiences profoundly decreased vision in ICU
On examination, dense khaki-colored material was seen in the vitreous with foci of dark hemorrhage. Read more.