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This program aims to train eye care professionals in early intervention treatment strategies to address the critical issue of childhood blindness. In addition, other aspects of childhood blindness are covered.
Qualifications: MS / MD / DNB (Ophthalmology)
Application procedure: Applications must be accompanied by a curriculum vitae and testimonials from two referees.
Program Audience: Ophthalmologists who have completed their residency training in ophthalmology
Basic Cataract Surgical Skills (One Month)
This period of the fellowship is meant to ensure that the fellow can competently perform standard extracapsular cataract extraction and posterior chamber intraocular lens implantation. The second two weeks will give the fellow an opportunity to perform standard ECCE and PC IOL implantation procedures independently.
The fellows will also use the wet lab facility to enhance their skills in using the microscope. They will assist the faculty in:
Anterior Segment, Including Cornea And Cataract Surgeries
During this posting, fellows will work in rotation with two cornea and anterior segment surgeons to learn the finer aspects of cataract surgery. Fellows will be assisted by the faculty in performing cataract surgery on children. Eventually, they will be expected to perform cataract surgery independently.
During this posting, fellows will learn basic clinical diagnostic and surgical techniques for the management of strabismus. They will initially assist during surgery and then move on to independent surgeries, based on their level of competence.
During this posting, fellows will acquire an understanding of the basic examination techniques for adult glaucoma as well as pediatric glaucoma, and assist in the clinic and the operating room. Initially, they will work with consultants while performing surgery on adult patients, during which time they should also acquire the skills needed to perform glaucoma surgery on pediatric patients. At the end of the fellowship, they should be able to perform a minimum of three surgeries for congenital glaucoma under the consultant's supervision.
Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery
During this one-month posting, the fellow will work with the consultant and learn basic examination and management techniques for common pediatric oculoplasty problems as well as management of pediatric tumors. The fellows are expected to learn about syringing and probing of nasal lacrimal ducts, surgical management of ptosis, entropian, ectropian, etc.
During this posting with the consultant, the fellow can improve his skills in indirect ophthalmoscopy and basic work-up of vitreo-retinal diseases in children, including familial disorders, genetic retinal diseases, congenital eye anomalies and retinopathy of prematurity. The fellow will be assisted during the evaluation and management of babies who are treated or screened for retinopathy of prematurity and also be trained in the following areas:
Repeat Posting For Cornea And Anterior Segment (1 Month)
In this posting the fellows will learn to perform pediatric cataract surgeries independently and should be able to develop the finer skills required for pediatric surgery.
Each fellow will be given a training module for keeping a record of each case that he assists in or whenever he performs surgery on his own. The concerned faculty will evaluate the fellow's performance at the end of the posting.