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ASCRS Focus on Cataract Surgery

Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery (MSICS)

June 2020

Manual small-incision cataract surgery is a low-cost, small-incision form of extracapsular cataract extraction that is often employed in the developing world. It offers several distinct advantages over phacoemulsification in resource poor settings, including shorter operative time, less need for technology, and lower cost. MSICS has a role in regular practice and training programs and is a beneficial surgical tool for cataract surgeons across the globe.

This ASCRS Focus on Cataract features a variety of resources focused on the importance of MSICS and keys to mastering this technique.

EyeWorld Article

MSICS and its place in the hands of young eye surgeons

By Liz Hillman, EyeWorld Senior Staff Writer
Most ophthalmology residency programs do an excellent job teaching residents modern cataract surgery. Trainees are getting more and more exposure to the latest technologies and techniques including the femtosecond laser, iris expansion devices, specialty intraocular lenses, etc. While staying cutting edge is important for any young surgeon, it is also important to know how to deal with complications and how to handle unique situations.

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EyeWorld Article

MSICS and ECCE in the developed world

By Liz Hillman, EyeWorld Senior Staff Writer
Should surgeons still be trained and maintain skills in these procedures despite the prevalence of phacoemulsification?

Manual small incision cataract surgery (MSICS) has been touted as an ideal technique in developing countries where phacoemulsification equipment is expensive and not readily available.

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Going from MSICS to Phaco and from Phaco to MSICS- What Both Sides of the Equation Can Learn from Each Other

Presented by Vellam R Vivekanandan, MD

This presentation was given at the 2019 Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA within the session titled, "Session: SYM-206: Global Efforts in Addressing Avoidable Blindness and Models of Care/Training."


JCRS Article

Visual outcomes of high-volume compared with low-volume manual small-incision cataract surgery in Nepal.

Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery: April 21, 2020 - Volume Publish Ahead of Print - Issue -
doi: 10.1097/j.jcrs.0000000000000217

Purpose: To study if manual small-incision cataract surgery (MSICS) in a high-volume setting gives acceptable postoperative visual outcomes.

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JCRS Article

Supervised resident manual small-incision cataract surgery outcomes at large urban United States residency training program

Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery: January 2018 - Volume 44 - Issue 1 - p 34-38
doi: 10.1016/j.jcrs.2017.09.032

Purpose: To examine the outcomes of resident-performed manual small-incision cataract surgery (SICS) in an urban academic setting.

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