Laboratory for Surgical Advancement

Resident, Fellow and Faculty Wet Lab

Practicing surgical skills is a critical component of resident training. At the University of Colorado Department of Ophthalmology, Residents, Fellows, and Faculty have access to a state-of-the-art wet lab, completed in 2015 as part of a major building expansion. The lab offers ample opportunity to practice and hone different surgical techniques. The wet lab is also available to our translational research faculty members who are focused on the accelerated development of novel techniques and devices for the treatment of various ophthalmic diseases.

The Laboratory for Surgical Advancement is equipped with:

  • A KITARO surgical simulation system
  • Three late-model phacoemulsification machines
  • A CONSTELLATION vitrectomy machine
  • Four suturing stations
  • Dedicated microscope for viewing of pathology slides
  • Surgical instrument kit for each resident
  • Flat screen monitor for demonstration of procedures and a camera for broadcasting to larger audiences
  • Four operating microscopes, including video cameras that allow residents, fellows, and faculty to record and review surgeries and techniques
  • Two computer stations for viewing instructional videos and accessing literature and other resources

 Reserve Time to use the Wet Lab

The wet lab is available to all residents, fellows and faculty of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Colorado.

The Wet Lab Reservations Calendar can be found by logging into your CU email account, selecting Calendar, clicking Add Calendar, clicking Add from Directory, and searching for Ophth Wet Lab.

If you cannot access this calendar by following these steps, please contact Dr. Pantcheva.

Ophthalmology (SOM)

CU Anschutz

Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Institute

1675 North Aurora Court


Aurora, CO 80045

Administration: 720-848-2500 Appointments: 720-848-2020

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