1. Eliminating Visual Acuity and Dilated Fundus Exams Improves Cost Efficiency of Performing OCT-Guided Intravitreal Injections

    Eliminating Visual Acuity and Dilated Fundus Exams Improves Cost Efficiency of Performing OCT-Guided Intravitreal Injections

    Purpose The clinic efficiency and cost savings achieved by eliminating formal visual acuity (VA) and dilated fundus exams (DFEs) were assessed for established patients receiving OCT-guided intravitreal injections. Design Comparative cost analysis Methods Two different treatment models were evaluated. The first model included patients undergoing routine VA assessment, DFEs, OCT imaging, and intravitreal injections. The second model eliminated the routine VA assessment and DFE, while utilizing OCT imaging through an undilated pupil followed by the intravitreal injection. The two models incorporated both bevacizumab and aflibercept. The number of patients per clinic day, the cost per visit, and the daily revenues ...

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