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Course Details


Course Objective

This course was started in 2009 to train Ophthalmologists in manual PHACO. The objective of this  course is to convert a SICS surgeon to perform PHACO with the help of a well-structured training program.


Highlights of the course

  • Highly qualified and skilled motivated mentors
  • Wet lab (If necessary)
  • Candidate will have training on pig eyes at the wet lab prior to performing real time surgery.
  • Access to various standard and recent books and videos in the library.
  • Post-operative review of cases by mentor.
  • Hands on practice (Clinics, Theatre)
  • Participation in Journal club/grand rounds/guest lectures


Training Schedule

1st week

Orientation, familiarization with instruments, equipment's and Tilganga Team. Learning SOP and PHACO and wet lab exposure in extra OT time.

End of first week - Hands on training followed by discussion with tutor.

2nd week

PHCO surgery in operating theatre of TIO, OPD, Post Op. patient- Management of post-op. patients. Discussion on outreach surgical clinic and its management

3rd week

Learning SOP (Surgical Operating Procedure) for (PHACO with foldable IOL in TIO.  Discussion on post-operative complication and its management.

4th Week

Final discussion about the surgical technique and debriefing about complications and  post-operative cases and Evaluation/ Monitoring of the program.

  • No. of cases: 15-20 cases (depends on surgeon’s skill)
  • Hands-on practice: 3 days a week


Eligibility Criteria

  • Qualified practicing Ophthalmologist with MD/MS degree from a recognized university or institute.
  • Independent performance of continuous curvilinear capsulorrhexis (CCC) in at least 20 eyes
  • Basic knowledge about the phaco machine mechanism and fluidics.
  • Independent performance of at least 50 ECCE/SICS or
  • Independent/under supervision performance of at least 10 PHACO



Accommodation will be provided for the selected candidates based on their request. Candidates posted in  TIO can stay at TIO'S Trainees Apartment. For candidates selected for other centers, accommodation is available at hotels/hostels.

For TIO: Please click here to view the information about tariff and other details of the trainee’s hostel

USD 25/day for single room and USD 40/day for double room (for International candidates)

Lunch is served at the Canteen (local Nepalese menu) and trainees should prepare breakfast and dinner themselves. However, there are number of good restaurants located within walking distance.

Mode of Payment

The intimation will be sent to the selected candidates by email / post. Candidates can pay the course fee through wire transfer. Once paid, fee is non-refundable for any reasons.

Admission / How to apply

Applicants are requested to download the application forms from the course information section,  or you email on [email protected] and send the completed form by email. 


  • Location: Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology / Hetauda Community Eye Hospital

  • Number of Seats: 1 per months (Starting Date: 15th of every month)

  • Address: Gaushala, Kathmandu, Nepal


  • Course Duration: 4 Weeks

  • Fee Structure: NPR. 75,000 (for Nepalese candidates) US $ 2000 (For overseas candidates).