The glaucoma unit at Sydney Eye Hospital is now running regular glaucoma surgery teaching to ophthalmology trainees in the world class micro-surgery wet lab at the Macquarie Street campus, Sydney. The most recent session in May 2015 was attended by 12 registrars seeking to improve their glaucoma surgery skills. The session covered the theory and practical steps required to achieve successful outcomes with trabeculectomy, the most commonly used glaucoma surgery technique. Trainees used the session to put theory into practice on donated ocular tissue. A main focus of the session is tissue handling, scleral flap creation and suturing techniques.
Presently the sessions are run 4 x annually for the benefit of NSW trainees only. It is hoped that in the near future the program can be expanded to cover other glaucoma surgery techniques such as tube surgery and non-penetrating glaucoma surgery and that trainees from across Australia and New Zealand can attend.