What Is Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery?

Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery (MSICS) is a self-sealing, fast-healing surgical procedure to remove advanced cataracts. MSICS is the simplest, most cost-effective treatment for cataracts by a significant margin. Due to this technique’s low material cost, the primary barrier to its use is typically just knowledge of it. This combination of efficiency and efficacy makes MSICS an absolute necessity for addressing the overwhelming scope of cataracts in low- and middle-income countries.
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SEE International and MSICS

As a core aspect of our mission to end blindness around the world, SEE offers MSICS training to practicing ophthalmologists and medical residents.

SEE’s MSICS Education program began in 2006 by holding a single training course in which only ten surgeons participated. In the 18 years since that first course, SEE’s education program has held over 170 courses and trained over 1,270 eyecare professionals.

Level 1: 

In the Level 1 course, aspiring humanitarian ophthalmologists take a day-long course that consists of didactic lecture and a practical wet lab.

Level 2:

Upon successful completion of a Level 1 MSICS course, participants may be eligible to enroll in a Level 2 course. This is a multi-day one-on-one training using the MSICS technique in an international setting.

Additional MSICS Resources

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To learn more about MSICS, visit our Medical Resource Library.


SEE offers Level 1 and Level 2 MSICS courses throughout the year.

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