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    Dr. Mali's top 5 predictions in ophthalmology for 2017

    Editor’s Note: Welcome to “Eye Catching: Let's Chat,” a blog series featuring contributions from members of the ophthalmic community. These blogs are an opportunity for ophthalmic bloggers to engage with readers with about a topic that is top of mind, whether it is practice management, experiences with patients, the industry, medicine in general, or healthcare reform. The series continues with this blog by Joshua Mali, MD, a vitreoretinal surgeon at The Eye Associates, a private multispecialty ophthalmology practice in Sarasota, FL. The views expressed in these blogs are those of their respective contributors and do not represent the views of Ophthalmology Times or UBM Medica.

    1) The number of cataract surgeries in the United States will continue to rise

    I thought I would start out with an obvious prediction but nonetheless a very significant one. Reflecting on the history of cataract surgery and where we are today, this is an amazing milestone and should be applauded. In 2015, there were approximately 3.6 million cataract surgeries performed in the United States1 and I expect a much higher number in 2017. The fact that we continue to see increases in the number of cataract surgeries not only represents more baby boomers requiring surgery (thus addressing a critical need in our community), but also the fact that we are able to perform the massive volume of surgeries more efficiently, safely, and with the most advanced surgical techniques and technology. 

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    2) The healthcare law will change in a significant way

    Whether it is complete repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or adjustment to existing healthcare law, the majority of Americans can agree that there will be a significant change in healthcare in 2017 which could reshape the way we practice medicine for years to come.  

    Joshua Mali, MD
    Joshua Mali, MD, is a vitreoretinal surgeon at The Eye Associates, a private multispecialty ophthalmology practice in Sarasota, Florida.

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