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Incidence and characteristics of cataract surgery in Poland during 2010-2015

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First Author: M.Nowak POLAND

Co Author(s):    I. Grabska-Liberek   K. Michalska-Malecka   A. Grzybowski   M. Koziol   W. Niemczyk   J. Szaflik     

Abstract Details


To assess the incidence and characteristic of cataract surgery in Poland from 2010 to 2015 and to interpret these findings.


The present study was done by the Polish Ministry of Health and was co-financed by the European Union funds through the European Social Fund under the Operational Program of Knowledge, Education and Development. EU grant number: POWR 05.02.00-00-0149/15-01


Data from all patients who underwent cataract surgery alone or in combined procedures in Poland between January 2010 and December 2015 were evaluated. Patient data were from the national database of hospitalizations maintained by National Health Fund, data on the population of Poland were obtained from Central Statistical Office of Poland.


In total 1,218,777 cataract extractions (alone or combined with other procedures) were performed in 1,081,345 patients during 2010 -2015. Overall, the incidence of cataract surgery increased from 5.22/1000 person-years in year 2010 to 6.17/1000 person-years in year 2015. Phacoemulsification was performed in 97.46% of cataract extractions, and 3.02% of cataract extractions were combined procedures. The rate of one-day procedures increased from 28.3% in year 2010 to 43.1% in year 2015. The probability of second-eye surgery 12 months after the first-eye surgery increased from 44% in 2010 to 73% in 2015 (log-rank test p<0.0001).


In Poland, from 2010 to 2015 the total incidence of cataract surgery, the number of people who underwent surgery, and the number of one-day and cataract surgeries, increased significantly.

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