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Changing trends in community cataract surgery technique

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Session Title: Orbis Free Paper Session: Treatment and Prevention of Blindness in the Developing World

Session Date/Time: Monday 09/10/2017 | 12:30-13:00

Paper Time: 12:30

Venue: Meeting Center Room III

First Author: : A.Deka INDIA

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Abstract Details


To compare the outcome of phacoemulsification vs small incision cataract surgery for community mass cataract surgeries.


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Community mass cataract cases were divided in to two groups. In group A phacoemulsification with foldable intraocular lens were implanted under topical anesthesia in 300 cases. In group B, small incision cataract surgery was performed with PMMA intraocular lens under peribulbar block in 348 cases. Cost vs outcome was compared and questioner was asked to assess outcome. Cases were followed up for a period go six month.


Small incision cataract surgery is cheaper than phacoemulsification costing about $5 vs $9 respectively per case. However, when we compared the outcome of the surgery, phacoemulsification is far ahead. Visual improvement and patient recovery is faster with phacoemulsification.


Phacoemulsification is the gold standard technique for cataract surgery. It can be performed routinely for mass cases.

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