BOOST app aims to improve the results of cataract surgeries worldwide

The world over, un-operated cataracts are the leading cause of blindness. Now, a new app called BOOST, aims to change that by offering a easy, low cost solution.

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), which is a global alliance of civil society organisations, corporates and professional bodies has launched BOOST, which is an app to help improve cataract surgical outcomes. This will especially help people in the developing world.

BOOST, which stands for Better Operative Outcomes Software Tool, is a simple, free and easy-to-use app to help surgeons monitor and improve the outcomes of cataract surgeries.

Un-operated cataracts are the world’s leading cause of blindness. 35% of people who are blind worldwide suffer as a result of cataracts.

Cataract blindness can be effectively treated with surgery. However, this depends on hospitals having the right equipment, well-trained surgeons, and quality practices.

Many patients in developing countries do not return for follow up care because of lack of transport and other costs. This means surgeons and eye care clinics need a simple tool that can help them improve their results.

This is where BOOST will help. It has been developed to address issues of measuring quality in a single, accessible place. BOOST has simple steps to capture data the day after surgery, analyse results and compare their performance against other users around the world.

BOOST is free and available in seven languages. The app can be downloaded at Google Play Store by searching for BOOST Cataract.

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