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Year : 2023  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 59-63

Cataract surgery training: Report of a trainee's experience

1 Ophthalmology Unit, “Fondazione Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli IRCCS”; Ophthalmology Unit, Catholic University “Sacro Cuore”, Rome, Italy
2 Ophthalmology Unit, Al Matarya Teaching Hospital, Cairo, Egypt

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Matteo Ripa
Largo A Gemelli, 8-00168 Rome
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DOI: 10.4103/ojo.ojo_128_22

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BACKGROUND: To report a trainee's experience gained in the cataract extraction training program after the COVID-19 pandemic. METHODS: An ophthalmologist was trained in phacoemulsification and intraocular lens (IOL) implantation in the ETAPE foundation, Eye Center, Cairo for a period of 4 weeks by three expert cataract surgeons. The training was tailored to the previous trainee's experience according to his residency logbook and supervised by one expert cataract surgeon. The training included didactic lectures, clinical observations, and hands-on practical experience. In addition, the trainee was provided with a logbook to record details of patients operated on and procedures observed. RESULTS: The trainee performed 58 phacoemulsification surgery with IOL implantation and two extracapsular cataract extraction over the 4 weeks. Seven patients underwent intraoperative complications. Surgical time (ST) improved from 48.77 ± 9.65 min in the 1st week to 19.34 ± 1.31 min during the last week of training (P = 0.046). Poisson regression showed that patients affected by less severe cataracts were more likely to exhibit a lower incidence of complications than patients affected by more severe cataracts. In addition, patients operated on during the 1st week were more likely to show a higher incidence of complications than those operated on during the last week. CONCLUSIONS: The 4-week surgical training effectively improved surgical confidence and micro incisional skills according to ST reduction and complication rate occurrence. Ophthalmologists benefit from enhancing their cataract skills in a short time following a well-structured cataract extraction course. This could undoubtedly lead to improved surgical outcomes for patients undergoing cataract extraction.

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