Published by our partners SEE INTERNATIONAL this video in its short and long forms has been viewed round 550,000 times on YOUTUBE in just 2 months! It shows an Eye Clinic/Hospital in Namibia changing the lives of thousands of people at an amazingly small cost in Western terms. A cataract operation costing $4-5000 in the West can be performed for around $60 or less, using different methods as explained in this extract from the SEE INTERNATIONAL website…..
Cataract removal is a simple, non-invasive surgical process with a high success rate – 90% of patients report a corrected vision of 20/40 or better afterwards. SEE International performs three types of cataract surgery: Phacoemulsification (or “Phaco”), Extracapsular Cataract Extraction (ECCE) and Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery (MSICS).
Cataracts in the developing world generally have gone untreated for a longer period of time than in places like the United States. Thus they are usually denser and harder to remove. MSICS is the generally the ideal technique to use as it allows the doctor to get the more mature cataract out in a shorter amount of time than if they were to use Phaco.
Phaco is most commonly used in the developed world and utilizes an expensive handheld ultrasonic probe, which emulsifies (turns to liquid) the clouded lens, which surgeons then replace with an artificial (man-made) lens. ECCE uses a larger incision than phaco and generally needs stitches and thus is less commonly used. The Manual Small Incision technique is an evolution of ECCE that does not require stitches. ”
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