Dr. Rengaraj Venkatesh (CMO at Aravind Eye Hospital, Pondicherry) discusses sustainable eye care with a focus on reduce, reuse, recycle in ophthalmology. Examples include reusing consumables, flash sterilization, and segregation of recyclable waste at source. Other topics include solar energy, wastewater treatment, and reduced transport needs. Vision centers which serve 85% of eye care problems and serve same day refractive solutions leave just 15% of issues for tertiary referral centers. Preventive maintenance extends the useful life of expensive durable equipment. Through these efforts, Aravind is responsible for only 1/20th of the waste of western world procedures, and they support global efforts in collaborating with global organizations and EyeSustain.
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