12 statistics and facts on ophthalmology and ophthalmologists

Here are 12 statistics and facts on ophthalmology and ophthalmologists:

1. In the United States, there are 19,216 active opthamologists.1

2. There are approximately 213,459 ophthalmologists globally.1

3. More than 95 percent of cataract and lens procedures are performed in an ambulatory setting. Cataract and lens procedures are the top outpatient surgical procedure in the United States.1 

4. Forty percent of ophthalmologists own or have ownership in an ASC.1

5. Ophthalmologists make an average salary of $292,000.2

6. In an outpatient center, ophthalmologist compensation, on average, is $195,000.2

7. For non-patient care activities, ophthalmologists earn an average of $14,000. Non-patient activities include expert witness duties, speaking engagements and product sales.2

8. Compensation for ophthalmologists varies by geographic region2:

•    Northwest: $314,000
•    West: $306,000
•    Southwest: $252,000
•    North Central: $266,000
•    South Central: $265,000
•    Great Lakers: $298,000
•    Southeast: $286,000
•    Mid-Atlantic: $286,000
•    Northeast: $328,000

9. Fifty-two percent of ophthalmologists reported feeling satisfied with their career, slightly down from 2014 when it was 52 percent.2

10. The average gross charges for ophthalmology per case in an ASC setting are $5,708.3

11. Net revenue per case in ASCs for opthamologists is $1,267.3

12. In an ASC setting, discount-to-charges for opthamologists is 76.6 percent.3



1 American Academy of Ophthalmology. Available at http://www.aao.org/newsroom/eye-health-statistics#ophthalmologists

2 Medscape Ophthalmologist Compensation Report 2015. Available at http://www.medscape.com/features/slideshow/compensation/2015/ophthalmology

3  VMG Health's 2011 Intellimaker ASC Benchmarking Study. Available at http://www.vmghealth.com/Downloads/VMG_Intellimarker11.pdf

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