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Incidence and Characteristics of Cataract Surgery in Poland, during 2010–2015

Provisus Eye Clinic, 112 Redzinska str., 42-209 Czestochowa, Poland
Saint Family Hospital Medical Center, 19 Wigury str., 90-302 Lodz, Poland
Department of Ophthalmology, Centre of Postgraduate Medical Education, 231 Czerniakowska str., 01-416 Warsaw, Poland
Department of Ophthalmology, School of Medicine in Katowice, Medical University of Silesia, 35 Ceglana str., 40-952 Katowice, Poland
Department of Ophthalmology, University of Warmia and Mazury, 30 Warszawska str., 10-082 Olsztyn, Poland
Institute for Research in Ophthalmology, Foundation for Ophthalmology Development, Gorczyczewskiego 2/3, 60-554 Poznan, Poland
Department of Analyses and Strategy, Polish Ministry of Health, 15 Miodowa str., 00-952 Warsaw, Poland
Department of Social Insurance, Warsaw School of Economics, 162 Niepodleglosci Ave., 00-001 Warsaw, Poland
Department of Ophthalmology, SPKSO Ophthalmic Hospital, Medical University of Warsaw, 13 Sierakowskiego str., 03-709 Warsaw, Poland
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(3), 435;
Received: 17 February 2018 / Revised: 27 February 2018 / Accepted: 28 February 2018 / Published: 2 March 2018
Background: To assess the incidence and characteristic of cataract surgery in Poland from 2010 to 2015 and to interpret these findings. Patients and methods: Data from all patients who underwent cataract surgery alone or in combined procedures in Poland between January 2010 and December 2015 were evaluated. Patient data were from the national database of hospitalizations maintained by National Health Fund. Data on the population of Poland were obtained from Central Statistical Office of Poland. Results: In total, 1,218,777 cataract extractions (alone or combined with other procedures) were performed in 1,081,345 patients during 2010–2015. Overall, the incidence of cataract surgery increased from 5.22/1000 person-years in 2010 to 6.17/1000 person-years in 2015. Phacoemulsification was performed in 97.46% of cataract extractions, and 3.02% of cataract extractions were combined procedures. The rate of one-day procedures increased from 28.3% in 2010 to 43.1% in 2015. The probability of second-eye surgery 12 months after the first-eye surgery increased from 44% in 2010 to 73% in 2015 (log-rank test p < 0.0001). Conclusion: In Poland, from 2010 to 2015, the total incidence of cataract surgery, the number of people who underwent surgery, and the number of one-day cataract surgeries increased significantly. View Full-Text
Keywords: eye; cataract; epidemiology; public health eye; cataract; epidemiology; public health
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Nowak, M.S.; Grabska-Liberek, I.; Michalska-Małecka, K.; Grzybowski, A.; Kozioł, M.; Niemczyk, W.; Więckowska, B.; Szaflik, J.P. Incidence and Characteristics of Cataract Surgery in Poland, during 2010–2015. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 435.

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