Surgical equipment for Cataract Surgery Training

Cataract surgery is the most common surgical intervention carried out at BEH – and around the world.  There have been enormous technical advances in recent years, with high levels of success and standardisation.

Teaching and learning cataract surgery is a crucial for BEH.  Junior doctors are taught to deliver safe and effective cataract surgery.  However, opportunities to learn about complicated cases are limited as cataract complications have now become rare.  Simulation training is robust and without risk to patients.

To address this need, BEH organised a training event for 16 ophthalmology trainees at the excellent Alcon Academy in Surrey on 29 September.  Four consultants in the local region gave their time to support the training.

The Friends paid for surgical consumables used during the simulation training day.  This could not be funded by the NHS.  Gemma Manasseh (Severn Deanery Ophthalmology Trainee Representative) said “The day was a great success, and the formal feedback received has been excellent.  As a result of this training day, the trainees are more confident in managing complex and complicated cataract surgery.  We are very grateful for your contribution to this training day.  Without it the day could not have gone ahead.”

This grant cost £2,072.

26 October 2023