Visual outcomes of cataract surgery performed by supervised novice surgeons during training in rural China
Wenyong Huang, Ronghua Ye, Bin Liu, Qianyun Chen, Guofu Huang, Yizhi Liu, David S Friedman, Nathan G Congdon, Jin Ling, Mingguang He
Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2013
BACKGROUND: To assess the outcomes of cataract surgery performed by novice surgeons during training in a rural programme. DESIGN : Retrospective study. PARTICIPANTS: Three hundred thirty-four patients operated by two trainees under supervision at rural Chinese county hospitals. METHODS: Two trainees performed surgeries under supervision. Visual acuity, refraction and examinations were carried out 3 months postoperatively. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Postoperative uncorrected visual acuity, pinhole visual acuity, causes of visual impairment (postoperative uncorrected visual acuity < 6/18) RESULTS: Among 518 operated patients, 426 (82.2%) could be contacted and 334 (64.4% of operated patients) comp..View full abstract
Starr Foundation (New York, USA) through Helen Keller International (New York, USA). Dr Congdon is supported by a grant from the Thousand Man Plan programme of the Chinese government.