Teaching Ophthalmologists

What is Small Incision Cataract Surgery?

Teaching Ophthalmologists | Stuart P. Sondheimer, MD | Skokie, ILSmall incision cataract surgery, SICS, is a technique used to safely remove rock hard lenses. Commonly used in the developing world, ophthalmologists can make an external scleral incision, 6 to 8 mm wide, with a wider incision dissection into clear cornea and sclera. Small incision cataract surgery is a refinement of extra-capsular cataract extraction.


Teaching Ophthalmologists | Stuart P. Sondheimer, MD | Skokie, ILDr. Sondheimer’s teaching experience

Dr. Stuart P. Sondheimer, board-certified ophthalmologist and leader in his field, often does speaking engagements about various eye surgery related topics. Recently, Dr. Sondheimer had the opportunity to teach a course to other ophthalmologists about cataract surgery. Specifically, small incision cataract surgery.

Teaching Ophthalmologists | Stuart P. Sondheimer, MD | Skokie, ILThis surgical technique is especially important in developing countries where citizens are needlessly blind. Using small incision techniques, where the incisions are about 6 to 8 mm, people in developing countries can be treated without the benefit of the advanced equipment we have in the United States. Along with Dr. Hickman, Dr. Sondheimer spoke for about 90 minutes and used video demonstration to teach these cataract surgery techniques. Attendees also learned how to prevent and manage complications from small incision cataract surgery.

Teaching Ophthalmologists | Stuart P. Sondheimer, MD | Skokie, IL

Dr. Sondheimer continues to travel as often as possible to help patients in other countries. He has visited and performed surgery in Honduras, Vietnam, El Salvador, and Panama.

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