RETINAL LASER AND PHOTOGRAPHY PRACTICE EYE MODEL: A Cost-Effective Innovation to Improve Training Through Simulation
Learning surgical skills takes time and practice. It is both stressful and risky to teach trainees on real patients. Hence, simulation has become an important part of surgical skill transfer.1 Two basic skills that trainees should be familiar with before doing retinal lasers are getting oriented to the inverted and laterally reversed image seen through the contact lens and focusing the aiming beam on the retina. This can avoid disastrous complications such as macular burns.2 Similarly, learning to take good fundus photographs is very important for technicians involved in telemedicine. This involves familiarizing oneself with the functioning of the camera and learning to focus on the desired retinal lesion. The quality of the image decides the diagnosis made by the ophthalmologist reviewing the photographs. Currently, there are very few eye models for practicing retinal lasers and none for retinal photography. Commercially available eye models to practice retinal lasers do not cater to disease-specific learning and are relatively expensive. Here, we describe a simple, customized, and cost-effective do-it-yourself eye model for practice of retinal lasers and photography.