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Under The Laser: 62.6% Of Visually Impaired Ophthalmologists Choose Laser Vision Correction

Created on: Thursday, December 10, 2015

Ophthalmologist perform Laser Vision Correction surgeries every day on a multitude of different patients, but how often do the ophthalmologists undergo the procedure themselves, and would they recommend the procedure to family members and loved ones? A survey was recently conducted by Surgivision Consultants, Inc. to determine just that.

In this survey, 250 ophthalmologists were selected at random from a database of 2,441 ophthalmologists known to have performed Laser Vision Correction (LVC) at some point in the past decade. Of the 250 selected, 248 (99.2%) responded, of which 232 (92.8%) met the criteria for the study and were sent a series of 22 LVC related questions.

It was determined that 161 of the participating ophthalmologists suffered from refractive errors potentially treatable via LVC application, not including presbyopia. Of the 161 (69.4%) ophthalmologists with potential treatable refractive errors, 54 (33.5%) reported as being ineligible for LVC for a variety of reasons, while 107 (66.5%) reported as being eligible candidates for LVC. 62.6% of the eligible LVC candidates reported undergoing laser eye surgery. Overall, out of the 232 ophthalmologists that took part in the survey, 90% would recommend LVC to a family member or loved one.

That is a lot of information to absorb, but one of the most interesting statistics uncovered in the study is that 62.6% of the laser vision correction surgeons, that were eligible candidates for LVC, had it done on their own eyes. This is a striking statistic because only 13.1% of the general population, that are candidates for LVC, choose to go through with it. If you are considering LASIK or another LVC procedure, it should be comforting to know that ophthalmologists not only recommend it to their loved ones, but also undergo the procedure themselves.

If you are interested in reading the full report on the results of the survey, click here.

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