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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 59  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 414

Pearls and pitfalls of high quality high volume cataract surgery

1 Dr. Gogate's Eye Clinic, Pune; Lions NAB Eye Hospital, Miraj, India
2 Lions NAB Eye Hospital, Miraj; Kulkarni Eye Hospital, Miraj, Maharashtra, India

Date of Web Publication9-Aug-2011

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Parikshit Gogate
Dr. Gogate's Eye Clinic, K-102, Kumar Garima, Tadiwala Road, Pune - 411 001, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/0301-4738.83638

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Gogate P, Kulkarni A. Pearls and pitfalls of high quality high volume cataract surgery. Indian J Ophthalmol 2011;59:414

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Dear Editor,

The incidence of post-cataract endophthalmitis at Arvind Eye Hospital has attracted unusual attention. [1] While Thomas and Khanna are rightly critical of the study methodology, the study still merits relevance. [2] The Arvind Eye Care System has propounded the high quality, high volume cataract surgery concept to tackle the backlog of cataract blindness. [3] The model standardized intraocular lens implant surgery and made it extremely economical. The system has treated millions of cataract blind patients and trained a generation of eye care professionals. [3] But the "cost effectiveness" has come through use of affordable human resource (abundant in India) and reuse of consumables. The reuse of consumable is a trade off of safety, for the sake of economy, and may not be acceptable as standards of living improve. As someone who has worked in high volume system and authored publications on costing of surgical services, I believe this cost cutting corners is no more necessary, as most consumables are now produced in the country. [4] It is ethically repugnant and legally risky.

As Indian ophthalmology gains in bench-strength, high volume may not be needed as there could be enough surgeons to effectively tackle the cataract blind. The pyramidal model proposed by the L.V.Prasad Eye Institute with emphasis on vision centers and primary eye care practitioners would offer an alternative. [5] The community members would demand a personalized eye care service rather than an impersonal assembly line system.

However, this should not make us forget the yeoman work that the Arvind Eye Hospitals have done and continue to do in eye care service delivery. But the future of Indian ophthalmic surgery is a move in "high quality" and not "high volume" cataract surgery.

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Ravindran RD, Venkatesh R, Chang DF, Sengupta S, Gyatso J, Talwar B. Incidence of post-operative endophthalmitis at Arvind Eye Hospital'. Outcomes of more than 42,000 consecutive cases using standardized sterilization and prophylaxis protocols. J Cataract Refract Surg 2009;35:629-36.  Back to cited text no. 1
Thomas R. Reducing endophthalmitis in India: An example of the importance of critical appraisal. Indian J Ophthalmol 2010;58:560-2.  Back to cited text no. 2
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Natchiar G, Thulasiraj R, Sundaram RM. Cataract surgeries at Aravind Eye Hospitals 1988-2008. Community Eye Health 2008;21:40-2.  Back to cited text no. 3
Gogate P, Deshpande M, Nirmalan P. Why do phacoemulsification? Manual small incision cataract surgery is almost as effective and more economical. Ophthalmology 2007;114:965-8.  Back to cited text no. 4
Rao GN. An infrastructure model for the implementation of Vision 2020: The right to sight. Can J Ophthalmol 2004;39:589-94.  Back to cited text no. 5


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