On the practicalities of eye camp cataract extraction and intraocular lens implantation in Nepal

Ophthalmic Surg. 1990 Dec;21(12):862-5.


Based on our experience in Nepal, we discuss the practicalities of performing extracapsular cataract extraction (ECCE) with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation in the context of the third-world eye camp. At slightly less than 30 minutes per case, while not as quick as an intracapsular cataract extraction (ICCE) with a Graefe section, the trade-off between vision result and operation time, according to patients, is very much in favor of the ECCE/IOL technique. Also, although IOLs remain expensive, by using donated lenses, the overall costs of providing ECCE/IOL surgery need not exceed those of providing ICCE.

MeSH terms

  • Cataract Extraction*
  • Developing Countries
  • Humans
  • Lenses, Intraocular*
  • Mobile Health Units
  • Nepal
  • Prognosis
  • Rural Health*
  • Vision, Ocular