Comparison of Outcomes of Laser Trabeculoplasty Performed by Optometrists vs Ophthalmologists in Oklahoma - Safe Surgery NC

Comparison of Outcomes of Laser Trabeculoplasty Performed by Optometrists vs Ophthalmologists in Oklahoma

This article was written for The JAMA Network.

 

Key Points

Question  Are there differences in the frequency and likelihood of undergoing additional laser trabeculoplasty among Medicare enrollees in Oklahoma who underwent this procedure by an ophthalmologist vs others who underwent the procedure by an optometrist?

Findings  Among the 1384 eyes receiving laser trabeculoplasty, the proportion of eyes treated by optometrists requiring additional laser trabeculoplasty in the same eye (35.9%) was more than double the proportion of those treated by ophthalmologists (15.1%). Optometrist-treated eyes had a 189% increased risk of requiring additional laser trabeculoplasty.

Publication: The JAMA Network

Date Published: October 2016

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