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Product definition and special consultation as key driving factors for the distribution of laser-assisted cataract surgeries

Poster Details

First Author: J. Förster GERMANY

Co Author(s):    T. Herbst   D. Holland                 

Abstract Details


Femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery is the latest innovation in cataract surgery. Since the corresponding treatment costs are not covered by most insurance providers, out-of-pocket payments in form of co-payments / self-payments by the patients are necessary. In order to separate this procedure from other laser procedures (e.g. LASIK), the nordBLICK Eye Hospital Bellevue created the product RELACS® (“REfractive Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery”), which is offered to interested patients during a special refractive consultation.


RELACS® includes clear corneal incision (CCI), anterior capsulotomy and nucleus fragmentation as laser-assisted procedures. A fee of 1.450 € per eye was charged as co-payments. Product bundles with mono- and multifocal lenses were available for the patients.


In order to identify the influence of both factors, we conducted an “interrupted time series analyses. Underlying trends in mean number of charged laser-assisted cataract procedures, before the product RELACS® and the special refractive consultation were introduced, were compared to the trends after the introduction in order to identify significant trend change.


We found a significant increasing trend after the implementation of both, the product RELACS® and the special refractive consultation, on the number of performed laser-assisted cataract surgeries.


The implementation of a special refractive consultation for interested patients as well as the definition of product for femtolaser-assisted cataract surgery seem to influence the number of laser-assisted cataract surgeries in a positive way

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