Course 1

Vitreous Surgery A-Z

Vitrectomy Machines in Focus

Sponsored by: Alcon, DORC, B&L, TMICO, Leica, OCULUS
Number of Candidates: 15 candidates
Aim of Course: Understanding machines and fluidics of vitreous surgery, Important steps of vitreous surgery, with hands on training on artificial eyes and animal eyes.
Course Directors: Ahmed Habib, Sherif Embabi
Instructors: Ahmed Mansour, Ahmed Souka, Hesham Ashraf, Maged M Gergess

Course Details:

09:00 – 10:00   Basics of Vitreous Surgery:

09:00 – 09:05
Course overview and its objectives and self-assessment questions

Course directors

09:05 – 09:13
Venturi and peristaltic pump machines, Duty cycle, Cut rate and vacuum and control of IOP

Ahmed Souka

09:13 – 09:21
Visualization: Microscope, Lenses and chandeliers

Ahmed Mansour

09:21 – 09:29
Trocars and cannulas insertion and removal and instrumentation: Forceps/ scissors / Diamond dusted scraper/ Endo-diathermy /Laser probe: Straight and curved, Directional and illuminated

Hesham Ashraf

09:29 – 09:37
Membrane peeling techniques and dyes

Sherif Embabi

09:37 – 09:45
Vitreous Substitutes: Injection techniques air, gas, PFCL, silicone oil

Maged M Gergess

09:45 – 09:53
Summary and overview

Ahmed Habib

09:53 – 10:00
Self-assessment questions and discussion

10:00 – 11:00    Wet/Dry Lab:

3 stations 20 minutes at each station

VX1 Alcon Constellation/ Ngenuity
 6 candidates
 6 candidates
VX3 B&L Stellaris
 6 candidates

– Artificial eyes/sheep eyes.
– 3 Vitrectomy stations (Alcon, B&L, DORC).
– Each candidate will spend 25 minutes at each of 3 stations
– 3 vitrectomy stations
– At vitrectomy station: each single candidate will be trained at all vitrectomy machines under supervision of an instructor to explain the fluidics of each machine and how to insert and remove cannulas, insertion of infusion cannula, light pipe and vitreous cutter, visualization of the retina and membrane peeling with a forceps.