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Advanced Phacoemulsification Course

March 6 @ 6:30 pm - March 7 @ 8:00 pm


Join the VAF for the 2nd Advanced Phacoemulsification Course on Friday, March 6th- Saturday, March 7th, 2020 in Tampa, FL. This course is offered in partnership with Bausch + Lomb.  The day features lectures by Drs. Ellison Bentley, Brad Nadelstein, David Wilkie and an MD Ophthalmologist (TBD) and a wet lab.

The cost to attend is $1,800 and includes meals on Friday evening (reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres) and Saturday.

A two-night hotel stay is required for all course attendees.  The VAF will reserve a room for each individual attendee at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay as part of the registration process.  Participants will be charged for their rooms ($239+ tax/night) when they check out of the hotel.

Please note that cancellations before Wednesday, February 12th will be refunded in full.  Tuition cannot be refunded after this date.

This program will be submitted for RACE approval.

Course Agenda*

Friday, March 6th: Arrivals in Tampa
6:30pm – 9:00pm Welcome Reception All Attendees

Saturday, March 7th
7:00 am – 8:00 am: Breakfast (All)
8:00 am – 8:15 am: Welcome/Opening Remarks (Dr. Rachel Keller)
8:15 am – 9:00 am: Principles of Phacoemulsification; One handed versus Two handed Phacoemulsification Technique (Dr. Ellison Bentley)
9:00 am – 9:45  am: Phacoemulsification Video Case Presentations; How I Use Phaco to Achieve Excellent Outcomes (Dr. I. Paul Singh, MD)
9:45 am – 10:00 am: Break (All)
10:00 am – 12:00 pm: Cataract Surgery: Difficult and Challenging Cases- How to Manage Complications and Achieve Success (Dr. David Wilkie)
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm: Lunch (All)
1:15 pm – 2:00 pm: Vitrectomy for the Anterior Segment Surgeon – Principles and Practice (Dr. Brad Nadelstein)
2:00 pm-2:15 pm: Stellaris Elite™ Technology Group In-Service (Bausch + Lomb Staff)
2:15 pm – 4:45 pm: Phacoemulsification Wet Lab (Drs. Bentley, Keller, Nadelstein, Wilkie, B+L Staff)
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm: Group Dinner (All)

Sunday, March 8th: Departures

*Lecture/break times may change prior to the meeting.

Lecture Descriptions

Principles of Phacoemulsification; One handed versus Two handed Phacoemulsification Technique: A discussion of how and why to perform two handed phacoemulsification, instruments needed, and surgical modifications necessary. The use of two handed techniques in resident training will also be reviewed.

Cataract Surgery: Difficult and Challenging Cases- How to Manage Complications and Achieve Success: While cataract surgery has principles and rules to be used as guides, surgery is also a very individual and personal activity with strong beliefs and personal opinions possessed by most ophthalmic surgeons. The rules of microsurgery are meant as a foundation to guide the beginning ophthalmic surgeon and once understood, can be molded and adapted to suit the surgeon and the individual patient. Surgeons must have a goal and a plan to achieve the goal, but must also be adaptable and familiar with more than one technique so that obstacles encountered during the surgical procedure may be overcome. Not all surgeries proceed according to the plan. All eyes are different, and the surgeon who says “I always do it this way” is destined to encounter situations where their technique does not meet the patient’s needs. Complications can be predicted preoperatively, encountered intraoperatively and managed/avoided post-operatively.  Using specific case examples and videos we will work to ensure the surgeon is prepared for and able to manage complications and achieve the goal of restoration of emmetropia in as many cases as possible.

Vitrectomy for the Anterior Segment Surgeon – Principles and Practice: The goal of this lecture is to familiarize and prepare the anterior segment surgeon for successful vitrectomy through an anterior approach.  The lecture will provide indications for when vitrectomy should be performed, the principles that guide anterior vitrectomy and the practical implementation of vitrectomy for cataract surgeons.


March 6 @ 6:30 pm
March 7 @ 8:00 pm


Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay
2900 Bayport Dr
Tampa, FL 33607 United States
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