IAPB: New smartphone app aims to improve cataract surgical outcomes

21 June 2018

A global consortium of leading eye health organisations today (18/06/18) launched a new app to help improve cataract surgical outcomes, especially for people in developing countries.

BOOST (Better Operative Outcomes Software Tool), a simple, free and easy-to-use app to help surgeons monitor and improve cataract surgical outcomes, has been launched at the World Ophthalmology Congress in Barcelona.

Un-operated cataract is the world’s leading cause of blindness: 35% of people who are blind worldwide suffer as a result of cataracts.

The good news is that cataract blindness can be effectively treated with surgery. Good surgical outcomes for patients depend on hospitals having the right equipment, well-trained surgeons, and strong quality assurance practices.

However, many patients in developing countries do not return for follow up care because of lack of transport and other costs. Surgeons and eye care facilities need a simple tool to measure, benchmark and improve their results, even where few patients return.

Full information on the IAPB website

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