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Cost of cataract surgery after implantation of three intraocular lenses

Author(s): Catherine Boureau | Antoine Lafuma | Viviane Jeanbat | Andrew F Smith | Gilles Berdeaux

Journal: Clinical Ophthalmology
ISSN 1177-5467

Volume: 2009;
Issue: default;
Start page: 277;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Catherine Boureau1, Antoine Lafuma2, Viviane Jeanbat2, Andrew F Smith3, Gilles Berdeaux41Clinique Geoffroy St Hilaire, Paris, France; 2Cemka-Eval, Bourg la Reine, France; 3Alcon Laboratories Ltd, Hemel Hempstead, UK and Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology, University of Oxford, UK; 4Alcon France, Rueil Malmaison, France; Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, Paris, FranceBackground: Posterior capsule opacification is one of the most frequent adverse events following cataract surgery. This manuscript reports the lifetime cost of complications linked to posterior capsule opacification using three types of intraocular lens with square edges.Methods: Costs were estimated from a retrospective study of patients who underwent cataract surgery and data from the literature. The lenses studied were hydrophobic acrylic (SA60AT and AR40E) and hydrophilic acrylic (XL-Stabi) lenses with square edges. The frequency of Nd-Yag laser capsulotomies after 4 years’ survival was estimated by two methods: the first involved linear adjustment of the rate at 5 and 6 years follow-up and then application of a constant rate after 6 years; the second involved linear adjustment after 5 years follow-up. The economic perspective was that of the French Sickness Fund.Results: After 3 years’ follow-up the percentage of patients who had not undergone laser Nd-Yag capsulotomy was 86.9% with SA60AT, 76.6% with AR40E and 54.6% with XL-Stabi lenses (p
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