Cataracts, Camps and Curries in India

Rachel Hui Fen Lim


In India, the problem of blindness secondary to cataracts remains a formidable one; a problem that is unlikely to be resolved in the foreseeable future despite the increase in number of cataract surgeries being performed. In December of 2012 I undertook a placement at the Ruby Nelson Memorial Hospital in Jalandhar, India. The hospital coordinates eye camps with great efficiency and skill, restoring the sight of tens of thousands every year. During my stay I observed two camps where over 200 surgeries were performed using the Manual Small-Incision Cataract Surgery (MSICS) technique. The MSICS technique has been shown to be advantageous for high-volume caseloads whilst maintaining excellent visual outcomes. By employing this safe and cost-effective method, eye surgeons can combat cataract blindness not only in India but also across the developing world.

Keywords: manual small incision cataract surgery, eye camp