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  1. Cost and demand analysis of excimer laser use : First World Wide Web Internet survey of the interest in refractive surgery.

    Article - En anglais

    Purpose 

    To determine the actual size of the refractive surgery market in the United States and to identify factors involved in the decision to have refractive surgery.

    Setting 

    World Wide Web Methods : A survey was placed on the World Wide Web.

    Questions covered price sensitivity, preferred type of refractive procedure, and factors involved in the decision to have a refractive procedure.

    Results 

    Average age of respondents was 34 years ; refractions ranged from - 0.50 diopter (D) to - 12.00 D. The recommendation of ophthalmologist, friends, and relatives ; the refractive surgeon's credentials ; and office staff were critical factors in the decision-making.

    Sixty-six percent said they would have a refractive procedure if it were free.

    Only two said they would have photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) if it cost over $1500 per eye ; none would have radial keratotomy (RK) if it were over $1500 per eye.

    Forty-eight percent rated their opinion of PRK as high to very high ; 45% rated RK as high to very high.

    Conclusions 

    We conclude that the actual number of refractive procedures performed with the laser will be the same as before-between 100,000 and 250,000 annually.

    The survey suggests that PRK will share this potential market with RK, and the total number of potential patients converting to PRK may be considerably less than predicted unless the price falls to $500 per eye.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Myopie, Kératectomie photoréfractive, Excimère, Laser, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Demande, Coût, Veille technologique, Réseau observation, Homme, Oeil pathologie, Trouble vision, Trouble réfraction oculaire, Chirurgie, Internet

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Myopia, Photorefractive keratectomy, Excimer, Laser, United States, North America, America, Demand, Costs, Technological awareness, Observational network, Human, Eye disease, Vision disorder, Refractive error, Surgery, Internet

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 96-0369129

    Code Inist : 002B25B. Création : 10/04/1997.