Paper highlighting environmental footprint of efficient cataract surgical model

Cassandra Thiel's picture

Hello everyone,

(I've cross-posted this with the Sustainable Operating Theatres forum, so pardon me if you're receiving this twice.) I'm very excited to share my new publication- "Cataract surgery and environmental sustainability: Waste and lifecycle assessment of phacoemulsification at a private healthcare facility."

We analyzed the waste and environmental footprint of cataract surgery at Aravind Eye Care System in southern India. Through careful process design, standardized training and tasks, and material reuse, Aravind performs their phacoemusification (cataract surgery) with 5% of the carbon emissions for the same procedure done in the United Kingdom.  This link should get you a full copy of the article for the next month: (This link for after the month is over:

Aravind has designed a surgical process that increases throughput, thus decreasing overhead costs and resource-use. With multi-use pharmaceuticals and reusable supplies (and a carefully designed system for sterilization), Aravind has achieved a very efficient and effective surgery to restore sight to hundreds of people a day.

Hope it gives you some ideas!



Re: Paper highlighting environmental footprint of efficient cata

Rebecca Gibbs's picture

Thanks for posting Cassandra.  Super useful to have this example of redesign.  Exactly the kind of thing we need.


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