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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 60  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 38-41

Innovative inexpensive wet-lab training model for practicing keratoplasty during COVID-19 pandemic

1 Cataract, Cornea and Refractive Services, Cataract, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Services, Puducherry, India
2 Aravind Eye Hospital and Post Graduate Institute of Ophthalmology, Puducherry, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Bharat Gurnani
1, Aravind Eye Hospital and Post Graduate Institute of Ophthalmology, Puducherry - 605 007
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/tjosr.tjosr_99_21

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Background: With the rapid rise in COVID 19 cases and increasing fatality during the second wave, most of the states have resorted to lockdown. All eye bank activities have come to a halt, and even emergency corneal transplantation is not possible due to the shortage of donor corneas. There is also an urgent need of innovative wet lab keratoplasty training models for continuing the training of the fellows and residents. Aims and Objectives: The authors describe an innovative cost effective wet lab training model for practicing keratoplasty during the COVID 19 pandemic lockdown. Methods: In this innovative wet lab practicing model, we have used Indian gooseberry and thermocol for practicing penetrating keratoplasty in the wet lab. Results: The gooseberry having natural marking over it is marked with an ink pen for suture alignment, and the ink marked trephine is used to punch the gooseberry. The gooseberry button is cut 360 degrees with the help of scissors and then either the same button or donor button cut from thermocol can be used to practice keratoplasty suture in the wet lab. Conclusion: This innovation can be a boon in the COVID 19 era when eye bank practices have come to a halt, and only emergency keratoplasties are being performed requiring skill and expertise..

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