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SEE surgeons use a procedure called Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery (MSICS) to treat many patients. It’s a quick, self-sealing and fast-healing technique that allows our volunteer teams to perform twice as many surgeries than other manual procedures. Because MSICS is usually only used in areas with limited access to medical equipment, it’s rarely included in traditional ophthalmic training — which is why SEE has been training humanitarian surgeons in the procedure since 2006.

In 2019, SEE conducted 36 MSICS Courses (13 Level 1 and 23 Level 2, 8 of which were in collaboration with our partners at Vision Outreach International). SEE trained 205 residents and board-certified ophthalmologists in the MSICS technique that year.

MSICS experience is required for most international programs. We offer two levels of training: Level 1 Intro and Level 2 Fieldwork.

Level 1

MSICS Level 1 Course

Faculty: Allison Jarstad, D.O., Michael Colvard, M.D., Cristos Ifantides, M.D., M.B.A.

Clinic: SEE International Headquarters

Course Purpose: The purpose of the educational meeting is to provide the ophthalmologist with a comprehensive awareness of the recent developments in the clinical management of cataract extraction in humanitarian settings.

Course Objectives: Upon conclusion of the training program, participants should be able to:

  • Explain the latest developments in Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery (MSICS)
  • Participate with a mentor in low-technology MSICS in humanitarian setting
  • Demonstrate skills needed for proficiency in this procedure

Course Details: This course will be organized into didactic and wet lab sessions, covering the theoretical and technical components of MSICS. In the wet lab, participants will work at stations equipped with microscopes, instruments, and training tissue. Faculty members will demonstrate the technique and rotate, supervise and assist the participants.

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SEE International Headquarters
175 Cremona Drive Suite 100
Goleta, CA 93117
October 2, 2021: 8:00am - 4:00pm

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Level 2

MSICS Level 2 Training with Dr. Baah

Faculty: Thomas Baah

Clinic: Save the Nation Sight

This course is free of cost for SEE Affiliates.

You will have the opportunity to complete about 30 surgeries under mentor supervision.

Please note: Dr. Baah prefers when surgeons come for a week or more so they truly understand the technique.

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25 Nii Torgbor Ave, Accra, Ghana
Dates are flexible (COVID permitting)

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Due to COVID-19, we are unfortunately not hosting any % courses at this time. For updates or more information, please get in touch.

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