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Cataract Surgery and Its Impact on Environmental Sustainability

Posted on February 20, 2018

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) Environmental Sustainability Work Group is tackling issues related to the degradation of the environment and its impact on health and safety, and the group will offer a “Masterclass in Environmental Sustainability” at the 2018 World Ophthalmology Congress® in Barcelona, Spain.

Surgical systems in most developed countries––in particular, their use of materials––are unsustainable, finds Dr. Cassandra Thiel and her IAPB Work Group co-authors in their article, “Cataract surgery and environmental sustainability: Waste and lifecycle assessment of phacoemulsification at a private healthcare facility,” published in the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.

The article’s results show that ophthalmologists can reduce emissions and materials use by following the model of the Aravind Eye Care System in southern India––a recognized resource-efficient setting.

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