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    Survey captures snapshot of astigmatism

    Boston—The 2013 ASCRS Clinical Survey Results on Astigmatism—covering 168 data points with more than 1,000 physicians responding—showed that 57% of physicians saw benefits associated with femtosecond laser arcuate incisions compared with conventional manual incisions, according to John A. Vukich, MD.

    "The arcuate incisions stood out as the one area where there was some feeling that they would provide a clinical benefit," said Dr. Vukich, in private practice in Madison, WI.

    Regarding multifocal IOLs, 45% indicated that up to 0.71 D of residual cylinder was acceptable after implantation before visual function was affected; 0.61 D of postoperative sphere was considered acceptable, with 35% claiming that 0.75 D was acceptable before vision was compromised.

    Regarding the acceptance of presbyopia-correcting IOLs to treat substantial residual cylinder, 51% of respondents use laser vision correction. U.S. physicians were far more likely to use astigmatic keratotomy limbal-relaxing incisions compared with European physicians; while 16% of respondents prefer glasses or contacts.

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