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Patient Experience and Satisfaction with Immediate Sequential and Delayed Sequential Bilateral Cataract Surgery

In bilaterally pseudophakic patients who received immediate or delayed sequential bilateral cataract surgery (ISBCS or DSBCS), we sought to determine patient experience, particularly related to the loss of opportunity to modify the surgical plan for the second eye. Cross-sectional. Patients who received ISBCS (n = 1818) and DSBCS (n = 1818) in the Kaiser Permanente Northern California system between 2017 and 2019 who actively used the electronic patient portal were randomly selected and sent a survey link. The survey inquired about reasons for choosing ISBCS or DSBCS, concerns about surgery, and whether the loss of opportunity to modify the surgical plan for the second eye affected the patient’s decision to undergo ISBCS. Participation was 18% among patients who received ISBCS and 17% among patients who received DSBCS. Of the patients who received ISBCS, 96% would choose ISBCS again while 80% of patients who received DSBCS would choose DSBCS again (P < .0001). Convenience was the leading reason patients chose ISBCS (65%), whereas surgeon recommendation was the primary reason patients chose DSBCS (68%). Sixteen percent of patients who received ISBCS and 38% of patients who received DSCBS reported that the possibility of modifying the surgical plan to reduce the need for corrective lenses in the second eye was an important consideration (P < .0001). Compared with patient who chose DSBCS, patients who chose ISBCS were more likely to choose ISBCS again and to recommend ISBCS to a family member or friend. The option to modify the surgical plan for the second eye to reduce need for glasses or contact lenses was not an important consideration for most of either group.

Authors: Carolan, James A; Amsden, Laura B; Lin, Andrew; Shorstein, Neal; Herrinton, Lisa J; Liu, Liyan; Carnahan, Matthew

Am J Ophthalmol. 2022 03;235:241-248. Epub 2021-09-25.

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