The number of intraocular lenses implanted in patients in the United States has been increasing yearly.1-5 Future increases in the number of cataract surgeries per year are the subject of considerable speculation, with some sources estimating that as many as two million cataract operations per year will be performed in the United States by the early 1990s.6,7 In light of recent governmental efforts at cost containment and deficit reduction, the economic importance of a large increase in the number of cataract operations is substantial (Fig 1).
The overall number of cataract operations in the United States is difficult to assess precisely, but some clues exist. Distributors and manufacturers of intraocular lenses are required to report the number and type of intraocular lenses implanted to the Food and Drug Administration; therefore, accurate data are available on lens implant usage. This communication presents the most recent statistics on intraocular lenses
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