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Subspecialties Cataract

Eyedrops to End Cataract Surgery?

Cataracts present a massive and worsening healthcare and societal problem. Of the 39 million people today who are blind, half have lost their vision because of cataracts, with the burden disproportionately affecting developing countries (1). As the demographic bulge that is the baby boomer generation ages, things are only going to get worse. Over the next two decades, the demand for cataract surgery  (already the world’s most frequently performed surgical procedure) is set to double. It has been estimated that delaying the onset of cataract formation by a decade would halve the demand for cataract surgery (2,3) – but that’s easier said than done.

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While obtaining degrees in biology from the University of Alberta and biochemistry from Penn State College of Medicine, I worked as a freelance science and medical writer. I was able to hone my skills in research, presentation and scientific writing by assembling grants and journal articles, speaking at international conferences, and consulting on topics ranging from medical education to comic book science. As much as I’ve enjoyed designing new bacteria and plausible superheroes, though, I’m more pleased than ever to be at Texere, using my writing and editing skills to create great content for a professional audience.

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