Features  |   August 2015
Preoperative Evaluation for Ambulatory Procedures
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Ophthalmologic Anesthesia / Features
Features   |   August 2015
Preoperative Evaluation for Ambulatory Procedures
ASA Monitor 08 2015, Vol.79, 28-29.
ASA Monitor 08 2015, Vol.79, 28-29.
Considerable attention has recently been focused on patients undergoing cataract surgery. The procedure is common in the elderly, who often have extensive comorbid diseases, and is thought to be safe. It is performed with local anesthesia and mild sedation. Worldwide, an estimated more than 150 million eyes are blind because of cataracts. More than 22 million Americans have cataracts, and that number will continue to rise. Each year, 3 million Americans have cataract surgery (estimated to be 4.4 million by 2020) at a current cost of $3.5 billion. Of these 3 million, 99.5 percent will have no serious perioperative complications.1,2 
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