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10 - 12 February 2017, MECC Maastricht,The Netherlands.

This Meeting has been awarded 15 CME credits.

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A practical approach to increase the number of femto-cataract procedures

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First Author: J. Foerster GERMANY

Co Author(s): T. Herbst                    

Abstract Details

Purpose:

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.

Setting:

RELACS® includes clear corneal incision (CCI), anterior capsulotomy, nucleus fragmentation and when nessessary arcuate incisions 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.

Methods:

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.

Results:

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.

Conclusions:

The implementation of a special refractive consultation for interested patients as well as the definition of a special product for femtolaser-assisted cataract surgery influences the number of laser-assisted cataract surgeries strongly positive.

Financial Disclosure:

None

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