Cataract Surgery Practice in the Republic of Korea: A Survey of the Korean Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery 2020

Chang Rae Rho, Jin-Hyoung Kim, In Kwon Chung, Eun Chol Kim, Young Keun Han, Sang Youp Han, Youngsub Eom, Tae-Young Chung, Do-Hyung Lee
2021 Korean Journal of Ophthalmology  
To describe current cataract surgery practice patterns and trends among Korean ophthalmologists. A survey was conducted among members of the Korean Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (KSCRS) in October 2020. Of the 998 questionnaires, 262 (26.3%) were received for analysis. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and compared with those of previous surveys. The largest percentage of respondents (39%) had <5 years of practical experience, and 40% had >11 years of practical
more » ... nce. The average, median, and mode monthly volumes of cataract surgeries performed by KSCRS members were 31, 20, and 10 cases, respectively. Topical anesthesia was administered by 85% of the respondents. For intraocular lens (IOL) calculations, 96% of the respondents used optical biometry. The proportion of surgeons providing femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery (FLACS) increased significantly from 5% in 2018 to 29% in 2020. This increase was accompanied by an increase in the multifocal IOLs. Those who implant multifocal IOL for >10% of their cases increased from 16% (2018) to 29% (2020). Topical nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs were prescribed postoperatively by 76% of the respondents. Most respondents (70%) prescribed these anti-inflammatory drugs for 4 weeks. This survey provided a comprehensive update on current cataract surgery practice in the Republic of Korea. The results highlighted the increasing use of premium IOLs, FLACS, optical biometry, and topical anesthesia to better meet the patients' needs.
doi:10.3341/kjo.2020.0001 pmid:34162191 fatcat:2tjfk7232ngqlipx6lwntfx23a