This course is aimed at qualified nurses with some previous experience and an interest in updating their knowledge of new technology and its application in ophthalmic surgery.
Continuous assessment and a theory and practice examination.
Attendance and completion of research work are obligatory.
The Autonomous University of Barcelona course fee is €4,235.
The Autonomous University of Barcelona course fee should be paid at the Office of the Instituto de Microcirugia Ocular
- Anatomy and physiology of the eye: anterior pole, ocular adnexa, posterior pole and optic tracts.
- Ocular disorders: the most prevalent disorders of the anterior pole, ocular adnexa, posterior pole.
- Ophthalmic surgery.
- Prior tests.
- Surgery: eyelids, lacrimal apparatus, orbit, cornea, crystalline lens and retina.
- Types of ophthalmic laser.
- Safety measures.
- The most commonly used drugs in ophthalmology.
- Routes of administration.
Basics concepts of nursing in the ophthalmic operating theatre
- Layout and organisation of the operating theatre.
- Infection prevention and control.
- Preparation for surgery.
- Basic and specific instrumentation.
- Operation of surgical equipment.
- Ophthalmic anaesthesia: general, local – sedation, local – retrobulbar, local – peribulbar.
- Preoperative physical and psychological preparation of the patient.
- Preoperative preparation.
- Operating theatre tidiness and instrument cleanliness and care.
- New generation sterilisers.
Instrumentation and the nurse’s role in ophthalmic surgery
- Anterior segment surgery: cataracts, IOL implants, deep sclerectomy, valve surgery and trabeculectomy, corneal transplantation, amniotic membrane transplantation.
- Posterior segment: retinal detachment, venous thrombosis surgery, macular hole, macular translocation, vitreous haemorrhage, intraocular tumours, trauma and foreign bodies.
- Eyelids, orbit and lacrimal ducts: blepharoplasty, ptosis, evisceration plus implant, dacryocystectomy, entropion, ectropion, orbital decompression and midface, tissue grafting, endoscopic surgery.
- Refractive: LASIK, PRK/PTK, intracorneal segments, arcuate keratotomy, crystalline lens surgery, phakic IOL implantation.
- Strabismus surgery.
- Preoperative mydriasis and coding of eye drops.
Immediate postoperative patient care
- Reviving and moving the patient, the most common short- and medium-term complications, prevention, postoperative pain considerations, guidelines for the administration of medical treatment, information and postoperative education.
- Materials and human resource management: planning and scheduling of surgical interventions, anticipating material needs and optimising purchasing, surgical team dynamics.