Preferred Practice Guidelines

Available to APACRS members only. Please email the APACRS Secretariat to obtain a copy.

Dear Friends and Colleagues

Cataract is the leading cause of treatable blindness, with an estimated 20 million people blind from the condition worldwide. Without any known preventive measures, the only solution we know for the condition is surgery.

Fortunately, cataract surgery is also a very cost-effective intervention. Quality of life can be greatly enhanced, with normal vision usually restored after a relatively low-cost operation.

The field of cataract surgery is developing rapidly and surgeons are continually being exposed to new technology and techniques. In this environment, it is important to establish fundamental guidelines, particularly for surgeons who may be in the transition from manual extracapsular to phacoemulsification.

The Asia-Pacific Association of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (APACRS) has therefore established guidelines set out in the Principles of Preferred Practice (PPP) for cataract surgery based on current evidence and expert opinion.

I hope that this Principles of Preferred Practice will help improve the standard of cataract surgery in the Asia-Pacific region.

Professor Graham BARRETT
President, APACRS & AUSCRS
Chief Medical Editor, EyeWorld Asia-Pacific