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Cataract Surgery Device for the Developing World

Team Members

Beth Ghyzel
Alistair Kirk
Abdo Sharaf


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


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


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.

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