Category: Tropical papers

SLT snd Glaucoma in Africa

At this moment it has become very clear, that laser treatment of glaucoma in Africa as a primary treatment (as opposed to eye drops) is an emerging standard of care in Tropics. SLT as substitution for eyedrops, Cyclophotocoagulation as a substitution for primary trabeculectomy… We are arriving at the new era.

Calculating surgical costs

I will need this paper one day.

Sunconjynctival anesthesia for MSICS?

Colleagues from India published recently a RCT, which evaluated subconjunctival anesthesia for manual small incision cataract surgery.

Not surprisingly, it does not provide akinesia. However, its anesthesia is sufficient for more or less comfortable surgery. It’s only obstacle is a chemisis, which is especially disturbing for novice surgeons.

Rate of pterygia positive for OSSN

In the western world it is rare, to miss an OSSN and excise it as pterigium without no-touch technique etc. In one retrospective study from the US it was only in 0,3% of all cases of pterygium excision.

In tropical Africa, such cases are much more often. And vice versa, it is also commom to see a very suspective pterygium, that upon pathology proves to be benign… See this: Case 1 and Case 2