Impact: Impact - for External Portal › Health and welfare - new products, guidelines and services, Professional practice, training and standards
Research at Strathclyde has brought about a change in eye surgery practice throughout Europe and worldwide. A four-year cross-Europe study in collaboration with the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ESCRS) investigated antibiotic treatment to prevent endophthalmitis, a complication arising during cataract operations which typically results in loss of sight. The findings showed that when the treatment is given at the start of surgery it leads to a 5-fold reduction in the risk of endophthalmitis. The European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery has endorsed the discovery and widely promoted the uptake of the treatment through publications and guidelines, which over the last 6 years has led to the prevention of loss of sight in thousands of patients. In Europe alone it is estimated that each year there have been 7500 fewer cases of blindness following cataract surgery as a result of the ESCRS guidelines.
Category of impact
Health and welfare - new products, guidelines and services, Professional practice, training and standards