Practice styles and preferences of ASCRS members--1986 survey

J Cataract Refract Surg. 1987 Sep;13(5):561-7. doi: 10.1016/s0886-3350(87)80115-3.


A survey of the practice styles and preferences of 1986 ASCRS members was taken in the summer of 1986. A total of 4,042 surveys were mailed in June of 1986 and 1,184 were returned--a return rate of 29%. The responses were analyzed using D Base III. Response rate was 5% greater than for the 1985 survey. There was no financial incentive for return of the survey other than return postage paid for by the author. Three main profile areas were analyzed: age of the ophthalmologist, volume of cataract surgery per month, and geographic location. Areas of interest were surgery locations, surgical techniques, Nd:YAG laser application, intraocular lens design preferences, radial keratotomy, and advertising in ophthalmology. The influence of age of the ophthalmologist, cataract surgery volume, and geographic location were cross-analyzed for each question. The results were compared to the results of comparable questions in the 1985 survey. This report looks at each question and looks for variances from the national average, as well as for trends from the 1985 survey.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Cataract Extraction
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Ophthalmology / trends*
  • Professional Practice / trends*
  • Professional Practice Location
  • Refractive Surgical Procedures
  • United States