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The Greatest Challenge in Cataract Surgery Needed: a 5-minute, $15 cure for blindness

  Channels: Cataract Surgery, General | Posted 4/15/2009

In his 2009 Binkhorst Lecture, honoree David F. Chang, MD, highlighted efforts to eliminate cataract blindness in India and the developing world. In this film, Dr. Rengaraj Venkatesh performs a manual sutureless ECCE at the Pondicherry Aravind Hospital in Southern India. The streamlined process involves re-use of most instruments, a locally manufactured PMMA IOL, and alternating between two adjacent OR tables without changing gowns and gloves. Coupled with remarkable teamwork of the support staff, a single surgeon is able to perform 12-16 procedures per hour at a cost of approximately $15 per case.

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