Cataract Surgery Training

Cataract surgery training is vital to help patients achieve good visual outcomes, lower complication rates and to ensure positive patient feedback. The impact of a good outcome for a patient is significant; as with improved vision, an individual’s quality of life is much improved.

Our SpaMedica cataract surgery training is delivered to provide confidence and capability in surgery.

Our SpaMedica regional training suites include a digital dry lab equipped with world-class technology, providing simulated cataract training for ST1 through to ST7 doctors.

The simulated training is conducted using synthetic model eyes that replicate the feel, texture and characteristics of a human eye with cataracts, along with surgical microscopes, all the instruments used in surgery and phacoemulsification machines.

This allows all trainees to develop microsurgical motor skills, hand-eye coordination, microscope controls and practice all the steps of cataract surgery.

Learning in this simulated environment helps improve performance and knowledge on surgical steps, helping to reduce surgical time and complication rates.

The training dry labs are provided by SpaMedica, who delivers thousands of cataract surgeries each year, with excellent outcomes and low complication rates (SpaMedica consultants average PCR rate 0.42%, compared to an average rate of 1.1%)*.

All the individual surgical training is recorded on iPads, and these recordings can be saved and reviewed with other doctors and mentors, as well as logged onto training records.

“We’re delighted to be able to offer training to doctors across the UK, in addition to the Royal College of Ophthalmologists’ training programme. Practising these cataract surgery techniques in a simulated, but very realistic theatre environment, supports junior doctors in developing the surgical skills they need. It aids the time they will spend in the operating theatre to be more productive and safer”
Dr Alex Silvester, SpaMedica Medical Director


SpaMedica Cataract training sessions are taking place every Wednesday throughout 2021 in our North-West Training Suite in Widnes:
Morning session: 9am – 12pm
Afternoon Session: 1pm – 3pm
To book on our SpaMedica Cataract Training programme please fill in the form below and select your preferred time and date.

SpaMedica’s North-West training suite was ‘officially’ opened by Professor Bernard Chang, President of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth) in September 2020.

We look forward to expanding on these sessions in the future, training more surgeons and sharing our expertise and experience to drive improved quality and outcomes for all NHS patients.

We’ll also be opening regional training suites in the Midlands, South-East and North-East and increasing the training modules we offer. Again, sharing our expertise and supporting the UK’s future ophthalmologists to help patients achieve good visual outcomes, with low complication rates and positive patient feedback.

* RCOphth NOD Audit 2020

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