Social commitment – in the service of society

Eye health is the right of every person – at Oertli, we are convinced of it. That is why we commit ourselves to help people in poor regions, crisis and development areas by providing access for them to eye surgery. We support chosen organisations that share our interest in this respect and actively commit themselves. With the CataRhex 3, we have developed a surgical platform that is incredibly mobile and ready for use quickly – ideally suited for surgical interventions in difficult situations.

Preventing blindness - bringing light to the world

How to prevent blindness worldwide? This is a question Thomas Bosshard has taken to heart, providing deep insights into how people get their sight back at TEDxHWZ. This is thanks to the help of innovative surgical procedures and the insanely commendable work of Dr. Sanduk Ruit.

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Fundación Elena Barraquer | #NoMoreCataracts

The Fundación Elena Barraquer has dedicated itself to the credo: #NoMoreCataracts since more than 13 years. Over 100 medical missions and 12’000 operated cataracts are just the tip of the iceberg. Dr. Elena Barraquer and her team always aims to return the vision to blind people with their medical expeditions.

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Cure Blindness | Himalayan Cataract Project

The Himalayan Cataract Project commits itself to remove preventable and curable blindness in development countries. Since its foundation in 1995, the project has performed more than 600,000 eye surgeries in collaboration with its global partners, mostly in improvised mobile eye clinics.

According to the World Health Organization WHO, cataract surgery belongs to the most cost-effective health measures. The manual and seamless procedure can be performed within 10 minutes, material costs only amount to 25 US dollars. Yet, an intervention can have a lifelong impact on a person’s life.

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Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology | Nepal Eye Program

The Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology is the centre for eye health in Kathmandu and part of the Nepal Eye Program. The charitable non-governmental organisation was founded in 1992 with the goal of preventing and treating blindness and eye diseases in Nepal and the whole region. The Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology (TIO) serves the purpose of treatment, research and training. It acts independently, but works together with other ophthalmology centres and organisations in Nepal.

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Outreach Microsurgery Eye Clinics (OMECs)

Many people in remote areas of Nepal suffer from poor eyesight, which can have disastrous impacts on their physical, social and economic lives. The Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology offers a unique service to these people and has developed a special outreach programme for eye examination and cataract surgery: the so-called Outreach Microsurgery Eye Clinics (OMECs) are set up temporarily in difficultly accessible areas of the country.

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Dr. Sanduk Ruit

Dr. Sanduk Ruit is an ophthalmologist who restores the sight of blind people in Nepal. He is the director of the non-profit Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology in Kathmandu, Nepal. Dr. Sanduk Ruit has operated more than 130,000 patients during his involvement in Nepal. With his work in the most remote areas of Nepal, he has set himself the goal of performing eye operations in regions that do not have access to health care.

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SEE International

SEE provides essential and transformative eye care and surgery around the world through clinic support, supplies, equipment, and training to empower their partners. They bring medical volunteers and partners together to care for the people who need it most. Their teams work side-by-side with local doctors and clinics to improve access to high-quality eye care and surgery. Since 1974, they have examined more than 4 million patients and performed over half a million sight-restoring surgeries. SEE works to ensure everyone can get the vision care they need, regardless of where they live or their ability to pay.

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Short Term Phaco Training

Within the framework of short-term phaco training courses, eye surgery clinics in Nepal are trained in applying this up-to-date and reliable method of cataract surgery. The trainees are trained in graded steps; first, they can perform phaco emulsification under supervision, then independently. The training courses also include pre-operative preparation and post-treatment of patients. The course is offered in Lahan and lasts at least four wekks. Oertli supports the specialist and infrastructural part of the phaco training.

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University of Utah | Moran Eye Center

The Moran Eye Center trains doctors, nurses and other ophthalmologists in more than 25 countries. The world's most promising surgeons are invited to Utah for intensive training. In the local medical camps, Moran surgeons restore vision to hundreds of patients in a single week while helping local students gain experience. Whether working in medical eye camps, local hospitals or community clinics, the Moran team focuses on instructing local doctors in performing surgeries and training doctors and OR staff in basic ophthalmologic procedures.

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IAPB International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

The IAPB (International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness) is a worldwide aid organisation focusing on the prevention of blindness and low vision. In cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO), the IAPB has set itself the goal of bringing the causes of blindness closer to the population and raising their awareness. The IAPB supports the exchange with eye surgeons, non-profit organisations (NGOs), educational institutions and volunteers with national programmes. One of IAPB's great achievements has been to build a WHO blindness and low vision team for worldwide missions.

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CataRhex 3

The CataRhex 3 is more than just a mobile surgical platform for eye surgery. It is the perfect solution to make cutting-edge and perfectly proven cataract and glaucoma surgery accessible to people in poor regions, crisis and developmental areas. The CataRhex 3 places Oertli’s entire know-how and innovative power into a compact housing that provides surgeons with the greatest possible independence and safety in their work under any circumstances.

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