Top 15 ophthalmology procedures 

The top ophthalmological procedure performed in 2021 was a comprehensive eye examination for existing patients who have already seen the provider for vision issues, according to claims data in a May report from Definitive Healthcare. 

Here are the top 15 ophthalmology procedures with the highest volumes in 2021, followed by total number of procedures:

  1. Ophthalmological services: medical examination and evaluation, with initiation or continuation of diagnostic and treatment program — comprehensive, established patient, 1 or more visits: 9,856,359
  2. Determination of refractive state: 7,246,943
  3. Scanning computerized ophthalmic diagnostic imaging, posterior segment, with interpretation and report, unilateral or bilateral; retina: 6,689,858
  4. Ophthalmological services: medical examination and evaluation, with initiation or continuation of diagnostic and treatment program; intermediate, established patient: 4,307,995
  5. Ophthalmological services: medical examination and evaluation with initiation of diagnostic and treatment program; comprehensive, new patient: 3,756,810
  6. Fundus photography with interpretation and report: 3,277,641
  7. Scanning computerized ophthalmic diagnostic imaging, posterior segment, with interpretation and report, unilateral or bilateral; optic nerve: 2,844,095
  8. Visual field examination, unilateral or bilateral, with interpretation and report; extended examination: 2,842,843
  9. Ophthalmic biometry by partial coherence interferometry with intraocular lens power calculation: 1,709,748
  10. Gonioscopy: 860,760
  11. Fitting of spectacles, except for aphakia; monofocal: 606,217
  12. Ophthalmoscopy, extended; with drawing of optic nerve or macula with interpretation and report, unilateral or bilateral: 562,114
  13. Ophthalmoscopy, extended; with retinal drawing and scleral depression of peripheral retinal disease: 529,065
  14. Sensorimotor examination with multiple measurements of ocular deviation with interpretation and report: 439,208
  15. Prescription of optical and physical characteristics of and fitting of contact lens, with medical supervision of adaptation; corneal lens, both eyes, except for aphakia: 439,088



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