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Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Operating Room Basics


  • Describe all of the steps of cataract surgery
  • Describe the "time-out" procedure performed in the OR prior to cataract surgery.
  • Explain how to use the operating room microscope, including the foot pedal.
  • Describe how to use the phacoemulsification foot petal



Setting up the wet lab
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Tsuite first case
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Microscope foot pedalWatch on YouTube


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