- In developing countries, the poor often do not have access to eye health services, especially when they live in remote, rural areas; even if they are available, they often cannot afford them.
- In addition, a lack of the latest surgical expertise, equipment and supplies, as well as inadequate follow-up for secondary complications, can result in poor surgical outcomes, which can deter people from seeking help.
- A comprehensive system for cataract intervention that includes better community awareness, patient identification and referral, service promotion, and post-operative care can make a significant difference.
What HKI Is Doing
- HKI's cataract programs provide necessary training and equipment to local ophthalmologists and healthcare facilities and ensure appropriate aftercare for surgery patients, steps that improve surgical quality and outcomes.
- HKI’s integrated Comprehensive Cataract Care Model uses a public health approach to develop sustainable systems for delivering cataract interventions.
- The model includes enhanced patient education and outreach efforts, and trains healthcare personnel to properly identify and refer patients in need of eye health services.