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April 11, 2011

HCP represented at Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology Congress

Dr. Matt Oliva, an HCP board member, leads a panel discussion.

HCP board members and staff gathered at the home of Gabi Hollows, Founding Director of The Fred Hollows Foundation. Pictured here, Drs. Sanduk Ruit and Matt Oliva.

The Himalayan Cataract Project joined partners from the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology and The Fred Hollows Foundation in Sydney, Australia, at the Asian Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) Congress.

As part of the APAO, Board Member Dr. Matt Oliva facilitated a panel entitled “In the Era of Phaco – Why SICS (small incision cataract surgery)?” The panel featured presentations from HCP Co-Director Dr. Sanduk Ruit, HCP partner Dr. Dennis Lam of Project Vision, and Dr. Abhay Vasavada from the Iladevi Cataract & IOL Research Centre, Raghudeep Eye Clinic, Ahmedabad, India.

SICS (small incision cataract surgery) is the way cataract surgery is done in much of Nepal, India, and Sub-Saharan Africa. The technique is well suited for the developing world as it’s not dependent on machines and you get almost the same result as phaco but in a fraction of the time and at a fraction of the cost. Some of the best minds in the world are looking at how we can improve cataract surgery without machines, and how this surgery can be available for some of the poorest people on the planet.

Following the Congress, HCP board members and staff joined partners from Tilganga and Fred Hollows to discuss current programs and strategize on upcoming joint initiatives in Nepal and throughout the developing world.

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