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Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Phaco Settings


  • List and compare the different types of pumps
  • Describe the fluidics factors that are at play during the stages of cataract surgery
  • Describe how to change phaco settings in various situations


  • Oetting, TA. Cataract Surgery for Greenhorns. Iowa City, IA: 2012
    • Chapter 7: Phaco Machine Settings Primer (pg 38)
  • Henderson BA. Essentials of Cataract Surgery, second edition. Thorofare, NJ: Slack Inc., 2014. (WW 260 E78 2014). isbn 978-1-61711-0672
    • Chapter 11, Fluidics / Pumps, pages 107-116
      (UIHC Link)
    • Chapter 12, Efficiency with Phaco Settings, pages 91-95
      (UIHC Link)
  • Kim, Terry. Curbside Consultation in Cataract Surgery: 49 Clinical Questions, second edition. Thorofare, NJ: Slack Inc., 2014
    • Question 28: How and When should I change my phaco and fluidics Settings in the following Situations: intraoperative floppy iris, Shallow Chamber, High axial eye length, and post vitrectomy?

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