Cataract Treatment

The Challenge

  • 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.

HKI Solutions

  • 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.