Addressing the environmental sustainability of eye health-care delivery: a scoping review
'The demand for eye care—the most common medical speciality in some countries—is increasing globally due to both demographic change and the development of eye health-care services in low-income and middle-income countries. This expansion of service provision needs to be environmentally sustainable. We conducted a scoping review to establish the nature and extent of the literature describing the environmental costs of delivering eye-care services, identify interventions to diminish the environmental impact of eye care, and identify key sustainability themes that are not yet being addressed'.
John C Buchan, Cassandra L Thiel, Annalien Steyn, John Somner, Rengaraj Venkatesh, Matthew J Burton, Jacqueline Ramke,
Addressing the environmental sustainability of eye health-care delivery: a scoping review,The Lancet Planetary Health,Volume 6, Issue 6,
- A small body of work has emerged since 2009 focusing on the environmental impact of eye care
- Clinical services with similar safety profiles and outcomes have very different environmental consequences depending on the regulatory frameworks in which they exist
- When designing policies and services, we suggest that thresholds should be applied to the amount of environmental damage that is acceptable per quality adjusted life year gained
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