This activity is supported by an educational grant from Abbott Medical Optics, Inc.
For surgeons who are accustomed to performing phaco with the peristaltic pump, it is best to gradually introduce them to the venturi pump. The surgeon should first try the venturi pump with irrigation and aspiration. As the surgeon becomes more comfortable with it, he or she can transition to epinucleus removal, and finally to the quadrant removal portion of the procedure. Chopping should still be performed with the peristaltic pump. Surgeons can divide the nucleus into the desired number of fragments within the capsular bag before removing the first segment. Then they can begin to pull the first segment out of the bag with the high holdability of the peristaltic pump. Once it has reached the iris plane, they can switch to the venturi pump to efficiently remove all of the segments with high followability.
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