Category Archives: Phaco Training in India

Phaco Training: Autoclaving and OR from Medico-Legal Perspective

OT and Autoclave Medico Legal CME BOA June 7, 2015  Informed consent very important Operate in exclusive ophthalmic OTs OT swabs obsolete. Need to do air sampling every month. Keep records. Autoclaving most important. Use B class autoclaves. Use ultrasonic cleaners for instruments. Vertical steam sterilizers are class S type. Not recommended. 99% bio burden… Read More »

Phaco Training: Cleaning of Optical Lenses

What is The best method to clean dust/fibre/gel from optical lenses such as 20D, 90D, laser lenses etc so that it does not get scratched? Is it safe to rinse lenses under running water to wash of the gel an then wipe them? Similarly what is the best method to clean lenses on microscopes/FFA machines/… Read More »

Phaco Training: Instruments, cleaning and sterilization

It is extremely important to us surgeons, specially those in private practice, to have a very good knowledge about microbiology, structure of an operating theater,   ways of maintaining it, techniques of autoclaving  and cleaning of instruments. I am going to publish on my website series of power point presentations which were presented at this… Read More »

Phaco Training: Cryo/laser for RD prophylaxis

Question. I have recently heard a talk by Dr GW Aylward on the role of laser/cryo for prophylaxis of RD. According to him, in Moorfields they use laser only for HST with AP traction. They prefer and advice such prophylaxis for no other condition and his views on stickers prophylaxis are clear. He says that… Read More »

Phaco Training: Vaso-Vagal attacks during retinal lasers

Here I wish to discuss something uncommon, but very serious  retinal photocoagulation (PRP, focal and barrage) is generally a very safe procedure as it is non invasive   But many of us would have come across occasional cases of young people collapsing during the procedure Several retinal surgeons of India have given their opinion regarding… Read More »

Phaco Training: IVTA technique and IVTA in glaucoma suspects

IVTA Technique The procedure of IVTA should be carried out with meticulous aseptic precaution, preferably in the operating room. It is very easily carried out under topical anesthesia. A pre-injection single drop of Povidone-Iodine (5%) solution is applied to the eye followed by thorough cleaning of the eyelashes and application of a lid speculum.  … Read More »

Phaco Training: Another Publication in Translational Research

Indian J Ophthalmol. 2014 Apr;62(4):429-36. doi: 10.4103/0301-4738.121143. Effects of triamcinolone acetonide on human trabecular meshwork cells in vitro.   Sharma A, Patil AJ, Gupta N, Estrago-Franco MF, Mansoor S, Raymond V, Kenney MC, Kuppermann BD1. Author information Abstract AIM: To study the effects of triamcinolone acetonide (TA) on cultured human trabecular meshwork (HTM) cells. MATERIALS AND METHODS: HTM cells were cultured and treated… Read More »

Phaco Training: Pupil-Dilating Device

I loved this award winning video/paper at the ASCRS 2014 held in Boston  This is a new pupil stretching device devised by Dr. Suven Bhattacharjee of Nayan Eye Associates. You can watch it on YouTube here: or even better, on here with the interview with Dr. Steven D. Vold: My folks after a… Read More »

Phaco Training: My Book Published

Finally my first book is out where I have contributed three chapters Titled Recent Innovations in Ophthalmology By Paras Medical Publisher First Edition 2014 ISBN: 978-81-8191-412-5 Can be purchased online on The link is here: My three chapters are: 1. Recent Advances in Corneal Refractive Surgeries 2. Clinical Trials in Age-Related Macular Degenerations 3.… Read More »