Phacoemulsification Course Description

The phacoemulsification course teaches cataract surgery by ultra sound phacoemulsification. This hands-on training programme is specially designed for ophthalmologists who are familiar with SICS and want to upgrade their skills to become a phaco surgeon. The trainees are closely monitored to ensure that they are learning correct techniques and that ethical standards maintained. The candidate will initially observe surgeries and do wet lab training for 2 weeks. After this, they will complete each step of the surgery under supervision. They will then perform independent surgery when they have demonstrated their surgical competency.

Eligibility for Admission

Admission to the course is restricted to qualified ophthalmologists with adequate experience in SICS technique. Since the course involves hands-on surgical training, a certain basic surgical skill is a needed. The trainees skill level will initially be assessed through the application form which is designed specifically for this course, and during an interview. The trainees surgical competence will again be assessed at the end of two weeks, at which time it will be decided if they can continue with the course.

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Course Description

Objectives of the course To develop the surgeon to be able to perform independent ultrasound phacoemulsification surgery. This course will be taught by means of hand-on training.
Target Group Qualified Ophthalmologists
Duration of the course 6 weeks
Total Lecture 16 hours
Total practical session Wet lab training for two weeks followed by hands-on surgical training for 4 weeks
Medium of instruction English
Method of training Lectures
Observation at the operating theatres and wards
Wet lab training
Assisting operations
Independent operations
Follow-up of patients
DVD and library study
Doctors will start the phacoemulsification surgery step-by-step and will perform Wound construction
Nucleus rotation
Nucleus division
Emulsification of the nucleus
Audiovisual Aids CCTV attachment with operating microscope in the operating theatre to observe live surgery
CCTV attachment with slit lamp in the outpatient department for observe examinations
Overhead projector
Wet Lab (on cadaver and model eye) Wound construction
Capsulorhexis suturing
Nucleus division
Emulsification of the nucleus
Equipment Latest phaco machines with torsional handpiece
Latest operating microscopes