Cover: Use of Eye Care Services Among the 1991 Medicare Population

Use of Eye Care Services Among the 1991 Medicare Population

Published In: Ophthalmology, v. 103, no. 11, Nov. 1996, p. 1732-1743

by Leon Ellwein, V. Friedlin, A. Marshall McBean, Paul Lee


The authors examine the use of eye care services among the 1991 Medicare population based on claims from a representative 5% sample of Medicare beneficiaries. They found that about 1/2 of the Medicare beneficiaries used one or more eye services in 1991. Ophthalmologists provided services to 71% of this eye care population and optometrists 22%. Cataract was the most common condition, accounting for 41% of visits to ophthalmologists and 1.2 million cases of surgery. Glaucoma accounted for 19% of visits and retinal disease for 14%.

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