Alcon Phaco Wet Lab - Part 1


1. Understand different parameters on phaco machines

2. Learn each step of phaco from sculpt to cortex removal

3. Learn differences in settings for each step

4. Practice different nuclear disassembly techniques

5. Anterior vitrectomy

Reading Materials:

Machine Overview, Foot Pedal, Irrigating Bottle, Flow Pumps: Overview and Peristaltic Pump, Direct Control of Flow and Indirect Control of Vacuum 15-36 (pdf), Book pgs 2-23, Ultrasound Overview pg 121-126 (pdf), Book pgs 108-113 

Overview of Phaco Methods, Sculpting Angle of Attack, Minimum Groove Width, Posterior Groove, Judging Groove Depth, Peripheral Groove, pg 220-233 (pdf), Book pgs 208-221

Other stations: Wound construction, Capsulorhexis, Corneal wound suturing, possible IOL explanting, possible intraocular suturing, ICL implantation (6/9)

Here's also a link to the Phacodynamics book (super good resource):

If you copy/paste the link to the address bar, you can download the file.


Food served at 5:15pm in room 150 of EEI.

Also, please remember to double bag any waste in the red Biohazard bags/boxes and call Maintenance at 412-647-3370 for pick up.

Please freeze any left over eyes in zip lock bags for practice.