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Cataract Surgery Device for the Developing World

Cataracts, a hardness and opacifying of the lens, is the leading cause of curable blindness worldwide, with the majority of cases occurring in developing countries where trained ophthalmologists are scarce. Our project is to develop a device to be used for a simplified cataract surgery that will insert a cylindrical intraocular lens into the cataract. By simplifying the procedure, more healthcare providers can be trained to perform the procedure, increasing the accessibility of cataract treatment in developing countries.

Team Members

Beth Ghyzel
Alistair Kirk
Abdo Sharaf

Supervisors

Dr. Mark Buckley, PhD, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Rochester

Customers

Dr. Dave Kleinman, MD, Flaum Eye Institute, UR Medicine

Description

Cataracts, a hardness and opacifying of the lens, is the leading cause of curable blindness worldwide, with the majority of cases occurring in developing countries where trained ophthalmologists are scarce. Our project is to develop a device to be used for a simplified cataract surgery that will insert a cylindrical intraocular lens into the cataract. By simplifying the procedure, more healthcare providers can be trained to perform the procedure, increasing the accessibility of cataract treatment in developing countries.

3 replies on “Cataract Surgery Device for the Developing World”

This would be a very useful tool if it could enable more healthcare workers to treat cataracts worldwide. Great job!

Making more advanced health care available to more and more of the world – great to see this kind of work!

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