The Candidates who undertake this course are taught the basics and techniques of Phacoemulsification in a structured manner. The doctors are first familiarized with the techniques through lectures by senior consultants who have performed more than 1000 phacoemulsification procedures about the machine, the various steps in surgery, the pre and postoperative care of the patients. Then the doctors observe senior consultants and other phaco trainees operate upon patients there by learning first hand how to hold the instrument, seating posture, adjusting microscope, phaco machine etc.
The candidate will be given many independent phaco cases in two weeks duration. They candidate will be taught on the easy way with different techniques for different nucleus sizes. The candidate can also see the post operative patients to assess the success of their operations.
In the final stage each doctor operates upon patients in supervision of a senior consultant cum trainer who will teach the doctor live on the patient the nuances of phacoemulsification. The survey is preformed with live records to enable review and correction wherever necessary. The trainer is present at all times during the Surgery imposing the necessary skill to the doctor.
Every day the trainee is trained in preoperative assessment and postoperative management of the patients too under the guidance of a senior consultant. In the event of a complication the trainee will be with the consultant to see how it is being managed with post operative care. The candidate will be provided a LOG BOOK where they can record all their cases, complications, etc.,
PHAKONIT AND ROLLABLE IOL COURSE
This is an advanced course for good phaco surgeons. In this the candidate will be taught to perform Cataract removal through a 0.9 mm incision by the Phakonit technique. This was started by Dr.Amar Agarwal on 15th August 1998. On October 2nd 2001 for the first time in the world he also implanted a special lens which was ultrathin which could pass through a 0.9 mm incision. He called this lens a Rollable IOL. You will be given to perform 15 eyes of Phakonit. With this technique you will be able to do cataract extraction and IOL implantation through a 0.9 mm incision. This course is for two weeks.
ZYOPTIX / LASIK COURSE
The Lasik course duration is for a week. You will be allowed to perform 10 eyes. The microkeratomes available are the Automatic Corneal Shaper or the Hansatome. The excimer laser machine is the Bausch and Lomb Z 100. The candidates will be trained on ORBSCAN TOPOGRAPHY,ABERROMETER & ANTERIOR SEGMENT O.C.T..
RETINAL LASER COURSE
This course is for two weeks. In this the candidate is trained with the Digital imaging Fluorescein angiography system, O.C.T., E.R.G./E.O.G./V.E.P. machines. They will also be trained on using the Indirect laser ophthalmoscope and also the laser with the slit lamp. Green and Red lasers are both available at the hospital. The candidate will get to perform on about 25 eyes.
CONDUCTIVE KERATOPLASTY (C.K.) TRAINING COURSE
Refractec (USA) and Dr.Agarwal's Eye Hospital (India)
have tied up to have a hands on conductive keratoplasty course.
This course will be for a week and will be in Chennai (Madras),
India. During this course, lectures will be given to teach and
understand how Conductive Keratoplasty is done in various
conditions. One will also be taught how to use the Orbscan to
understand this procedure. The candidate will be allowed to
perform Conductive Keratoplasty in 5 eyes. They will be
taught to perform C.K. in Emmetropic Presbyopic eyes, Hyperopic
Presbyopic eyes and also post cataract eyes.
PHAKIC IOL (I.C.L.)TRAINING COURSE
This is an advanced course for good surgeons.
The surgeon will be taught how to implant the ICL (Staar).
Toric and Place ICL implantation will be taught. One will also be
taught how to work up the patients with the Orbscan. The ICL
Course duration is one week.
POST GRADUATE TRAINING COURSE
This course is for postgraduation in ophthalmology. This is a three year course. The student has to sit for the FRCS examination of the United Kingdom. The student will be taught all aspects of ophthalmology.