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Indian J Ophthalmol. 2004 Sep;52(3):233-4.

Learning phacoemulsification. Results of different teaching methods.

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  • 1Sagarmatha Choudhary Eye Hospital, Lahan, Nepal.


We report the learning curves of three eye surgeons converting from sutureless extracapsular cataract extraction to phacoemulsification using different teaching methods. Posterior capsule rupture (PCR) as a per-operative complication and visual outcome of the first 100 operations were analysed. The PCR rate was 4% and 15% in supervised and unsupervised surgery respectively. Likewise, an uncorrected visual acuity of > or = 6/18 on the first postoperative day was seen in 62 (62%) of patients and in 22 (22%) in supervised and unsupervised surgery respectively.

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