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Phacoemulsification under topical anaesthesia in remote areas: experiences in the Amazon.
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PMID:  23331466     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Despite many global initiatives to eliminate avoidable blindness, the number of cataract-blind people is still unacceptably high in many parts of the world, particularly in remote rural areas of developing countries. One of the established ways to increase uptake of cataract services is by extending ophthalmic care facilities to rural areas through mobile eye units, thereby providing cataract surgical services close to large numbers of affected individuals.(1,2) Unfortunately, however, results of camp surgery are often poor. (1,3) As a result, the quality and safety of surgery in eye camps is questioned (1) , and a growing body of evidence suggests that cataract surgery can be only performed in adequately equipped facilities.(4) In this paper, we report that high-quality cataract surgery in the field is possible, even under the most primitive circumstances. We show that skilled surgeons, modern equipment and good organization make it feasible to perform high-quality phacoemulsification under topical anaesthesia in remote rural areas of the Amazon rain forest.
Janna Minderhoud; Jerrel C Pawiroredjo; Dennis Ra Mans; Anne-Marie T Bueno de Mesquita-Voigt; Peerooz Saeed
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Publication Detail:
Type:  LETTER     Date:  2013-1-21
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical & experimental ophthalmology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1442-9071     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin. Experiment. Ophthalmol.     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-1-21     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100896531     Medline TA:  Clin Experiment Ophthalmol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2013 The Authors. Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology © 2013 Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists.
Department of Ophthalmology, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Suriname Eye Center, Academic Hospital Paramaribo, Paramaribo, Suriname.
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