A study, published in the Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery, has found that ophthalmologists largely support efforts to decrease surgical waste.
Of the 1,300 US based cataract surgeons and nurses who responded to a survey regarding surgical waste, 93% said something needed to be done to reduce the amount of waste produced by surgery. Furthermore, 87% said they wanted professional societies to lead the effort to reduce surgeries’ carbon footprint.
93% said something needed to be done to reduce the amount of waste produced by surgery
In response to these findings the American Academy of Ophthalmology and American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery created the Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health, focused on addressing climate change. The consortium was established in conjunction with 27 other medical societies.