July 2016




Monthly Pulse

Refractive surgery in military personnel and first responders Poll size: 122

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The topic of this Monthly Pulse survey was Refractive surgery in military personnel and first responders. We asked, What percentage of your refractive procedures in the last 12 months has been on military patients or first responders? The majority of respondents to our survey said 020%. We then asked which refractive procedure physicians use most often when operating on those in the military or first responders. The most popular answer was LASIK, and PRK was a close second. When asked, What do you think is the greatest impact that the Department of Defense refractive surgery program has had on your practice? the majority of respondents to this survey answered, It is unclear whether it has impacted my practice. The second most popular answer was, It improves patient confidence in the procedures. Finally, we asked, What other ophthalmic procedures do you think could be of further benefit to the military or first responders from a refractive standpoint? Responses were almost equally divided among topography-guided LASIK, femtosecond lenticule extraction, and crosslinking.

EyeWorld Monthly Pulse

EyeWorld Monthly Pulse is a reader survey on trends and patterns for the practicing ophthalmologist. Each month we send an online survey covering different topics so our readers can see how they compare to our survey. If you would like to join the hundreds of physicians who take a minute a month to share their views, please send us an email and we will add your name. Email carly@eyeworld.org and put EW Pulse in the subject line.

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