News and notices. Comm Eye Health Vol. 15 No. 44 2002. December 01, 2002

Extracapsular cataract extraction with intraocular lens implantation for developing countries

John Sandford-Smith

This 40-minute video describes extra-capsular lens extraction with intraocular lens implant, step by step and in detail, using instruments and equipment which are appropriate for developing countries.

The introduction sequence is very helpful and relevant, putting the subject into context. The clear and natural commentary gives the impression that the narrator (the teacher) is speaking to the viewer/listener (the learner) personally. Clear graphics complement the principles factually illustrated in the film. However, certain practices observed in this footage (filmed in an eye camp) give cause for concern. A guide-line list of caution points are available on request.

The real strength of this video is that encountered problems, difficulties and modifications are shown and that incorrect techniques are also addressed. Important principles are reinforced throughout with a useful summary at the end. Together, these points make this video a very valuable tool for teaching a surgical skill.

Available from: International Resource Centre
International Centre for Eye Health
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Keppel Street, London WC1E 7HT, UK
Cost £5 only to cover post and packing

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