A practice surgery device used for training novice ophthalmic surgeons employs an inflatable bladder that supports a human bank scleral shell. The sclera is used for placement of sutures. A light source and universal joint to support a syringe are mounted on a 25 x 15-cm base. Glycerin-preserved sclera is available from many eye banks. Up to 100 practice sutures may be placed in each scleral shell. This device allows the beginning surgeon the opportunity to obtain a feel for needle passage through tissue. Technique for the use of loupe or microscope magnification can also be developed. In addition, a deflation of the scleral 'globe' occurs when a needle is placed too deeply. This emphasizes the need of superficial suture placement.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||2|
|Journal||Archives of Ophthalmology|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1986|
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