Carbon and Cataracts: How to Make Your Service Sustainable

John Buchan, Cassandra Thiel, Peter Thomas

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Environmental considerations and other resource constraints make it impossible for the current cataract surgical practices of high-income countries to be continued far into the future. The evidence to support the need for change and the opportunities for change are presented. Individual ophthalmologists can adapt their practice to make it more sustainable, but systemic shifts in attitudes and practices will be needed nationally and internationally to transform our cataract services into those which can be continued in perpetuity. In particular, policies that are ostensibly designed to promote safety, end up putting patients at risk as they increase the per-case carbon footprint of one of the earth’s most frequently undertaken surgical procedure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCataract Surgery
Subtitle of host publicationPearls and Techniques
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9783030382346
ISBN (Print)9783030382339
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021


  • Carbon
  • Cataract
  • Environment
  • Life cycle assessment
  • Patient safety
  • Sustainability
  • Sustainable healthcare
  • Triple bottom line

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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