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May 1993

Can Cataract Surgery Be Marketed Like Hamburgers in Developing Countries?

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Tamilnadu, India

Arch Ophthalmol. 1993;111(5):580. doi:10.1001/archopht.1993.01090050014002

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To the Editor.  —Hamburgers are sold at an appropriate price and in large volumes throughout the world. Powerful marketing organizations have been built for the production, sale, and standardization of hamburgers and other fast foods. It is unfortunate that such powerful organizations do not exist to ensure the provision of cataract operations worldwide. But why not?Is it possible to standardize the level of training received by eye surgeons so that the quality of care will be approximately the same, regardless of its being given in America, Asia, or Africa? To some extent, quality depends on the equipment available to the surgeon. Like cars, airplanes, or electric motors that are maintained in approximately the same way in different parts of the world, ophthalmic apparatuses could also be standardized. Similarly, the human eye can be repaired in standardized ways all over the world if physicians are trained comparably and given similar

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