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Cataract Surgery | Mar 2014

The Importance of Ophthalmic Surgical Videos

Surgeons describe how Eyetube has helped to change ophthalmic education.


Eyetube is an enormously valuable resource that is arguably more relevant to eye surgeons than any scientific paper. Many of the techniques elucidated with beautiful videos on Eyetube can be used every day to benefit our patients.


Eyetube is an incredible resource that is well cataloged and easily searchable. Any surgeon encountering a situation in which surgical guidance is required can search Eyetube and will likely come up with a helpful video from a colleague.


As a resident, I filled any gaps in my schedule by spending time in the operating room, watching my mentors do surgery. Observing the surgical techniques in action was far more useful to me than looking at static diagrams in textbooks.

This aspect of my education also extended outside the operating room, when I was able to borrow videotapes of the Video Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery from Robert H. Osher, MD. Fast-forward to the present, where I have thousands of eye surgical videos available to me instantly on my computer, tablet, and even phone.


Eyetube has been a driving force behind improving surgical techniques and educating ophthalmologists on new technologies. Eyetube has become a loyal friend of the anterior segment surgeon, and watching the videos available on this site makes me a more confident surgeon.


Eyetube is a dream come true. The ability to have immediate access to didactic videos on new techniques and complications management, even in the operating room, is indispensible to me and to ophthalmologists worldwide.


Eyetube has helped change ophthalmic education by bringing together and categorizing surgical videos submitted by excellent surgeons around the globe. Watching and analyzing surgical videos affords the viewer surgical tips and tricks that could never be learned by reading scientific peer-reviewed articles or handbooks.


I always refer residents and colleagues to Eyetube, as it is one of the best educational resources to learn special techniques and how to manage complicated situations. I have received great feedback and thankful comments for referring my colleagues to Eyetube.

Allon Barsam, MD, MA, FRCOphth, is a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Luton & Dunstable University, The Western Eye Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, and Focus Clinics in London. Dr. Barsam is a member of the CRST Europe Editorial Board. He may be reached at e-mail: eyes@allonbarsam.com.

Arthur B. Cummings, MB ChB, FCS(SA), MMed(Ophth), FRCS(Edin), is a Consultant Ophthalmologist at the Wellington Eye Clinic and UPMC Beacon Hospital in Dublin, Ireland, and an Associate Chief Medical Editor of CRST Europe. Dr. Cummings may be reached at e-mail: abc@wellingtoneyeclinic.com.

Uday Devgan, MD, is in private practice at Devgan Eye Surgery and is the Chief of Ophthalmology at Olive View UCLA Medical Center and an Associate Clinical Professor at Jules Stein Eye Institute, UCLA School of Medicine, in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Devgan may be reached at tel: +1 800 337 1969; e-mail: devgan@gmail.com.

Eric D. Donnenfeld, MD, is a Professor of Ophthalmology at New York University and a trustee of Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, New Hampshire. Dr. Donnenfeld is a member of the CRST Europe Global Advisory Board. He may be reached at tel: +1 516 766 2519; e-mail: ericdonnenfeld@gmail.com.

A. John Kanellopoulos, MD, is the Director of the LaserVision.gr Eye Institute in Athens, Greece, and is a Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at New York University School of Medicine. He is an Associate Chief Medical Editor of CRST Europe. Dr. Kanellopoulos may be reached at tel: +30 21 07 47 27 77; e-mail: ajkmd@mac.com.

Erik L. Mertens, MD, FEBOphth, is Medical Director of Medipolis, Antwerp, Belgium. Dr. Mertens is a Co-Chief Medical Editor of CRST Europe. He may be reached at tel: +32 3 828 29 49; e-mail: e.mertens@medipolis.be.

Khiun F. Tjia, MD, is an Anterior Segment Specialist at the Isala Clinics, Zwolle, Netherlands. Dr. Tjia is Editor Emeritus of CRST Europe. He may be reached at e-mail: kftjia@planet.nl.