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Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Putting It All together, Part I


  • Describe all of the steps of cataract surgery
  • List the instruments used for each step
  • Practice the steps of cataract surgery in an eye model (pig eyes, Kitaro, Phillips eyes, Simuleye, Eyesi etc)



Full Cases

Tsuite First Case
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Kitaro Eyes
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Phaco Machine


Side port

Viscoelastic, 27g cannula


Hydrodissection cannula

Second instrument (chopper or Drysdale)

Suggested citation format: Haugsdal J, Kitzmann A, Oetting TA. The Iowa Ophthalmology Wet Laboratory. Updated Posting June 28, 2021. Originally Posted December 6, 2012. Available from

last updated: 07/01/2021