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Will Same-Day Bilateral Cataract Surgery Catch On?
Proponents laud clinical efficiencies and satisfied patients, but reimbursement hurdles keep the practice at the margins.
Joe Paone | Senior Editor
Publish Date: May 5, 2022   |  Tags:   Patient Safety Patient Experience Financial Management Ophthalmology
Bilateral protocol
PAUSE AND RESET The OR and instruments must be completely turned over between eyes during ISBCS, so surgical staff must work quickly while the patient remains in the room.   |   SightTrust Eye Institute

Performing immediate sequential bilateral cataract surgery (ISBCS) offers plenty of potential benefits. Surgeons appreciate being able to halve post-op visits while providing cost-effective patient care. Surgery center administrators value the boost to operational efficiencies and freeing up slots on the schedule for more cases. Patients love the convenience of having to plan around and endure only one surgical experience. There’s a lot to like about performing back-to-back procedures on the same day, but significant barriers are preventing it from becoming routine.

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