Surgical Skills SS16

To assess a patient clinically, in OPD and elsewhere, in particular to:




Learning Outcome

  • Be able to apply appropriate laser for the management of retinal disorders.
  • Understand the indications, risks and limitations of laser treatment.
  • Know how to manage the complications of laser treatment.


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Note: may require several DOPS for different laser therapies

Target Year of Achievement

2 assessments in Year 3 and 6 assessments during Year 4 - 7

Related Learning Outcomes



  • Understand the tests and imaging techniques that may be helpful in deciding about and guiding treatment.
  • Have a good knowledge of the type of lasers available, and on what basis to choose between them.
  • Be aware of how lasers work and what safety precautions are required.
  • Be aware of whether your Trust requires a formal laser initiation procedure.
  • Have a good knowledge of techniques of laser application, delivery systems and treatment strategies.
  • Be aware of the pros and cons of treatment, and how can these be best communicated to the patient.
  • Understand what complications could ensue, what follow-up is necessary, and what warnings should the patient be given.
  • Practise in a supervised simulated environment.


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