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.

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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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 courses are currently offered in Lahan and Biratnagar and last four weeks. Oertli supports the specialist and infrastructural part of the phaco training.

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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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