Stepwise approach to establishing an ophthalmology wet laboratory

J Cataract Refract Surg. 2009 Jun;35(6):1121-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jcrs.2009.01.027.


Wet laboratories (wet labs) play an increasingly important role in ophthalmology surgical residency training. We summarize the necessary components in establishing and maintaining a well-functioning wet lab and offer a stepwise guide for educators to improve the quality of the wet lab experience. We present 6 key factors in creating an ophthalmology wet lab; that is, setting up the physical space, establishing appropriate faculty and curriculum, obtaining the practice eye, stabilizing the eye, preparing the eye, and funding the wet lab.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cataract Extraction / education*
  • Competency-Based Education / organization & administration
  • Curriculum*
  • Disease Models, Animal
  • Education, Medical, Graduate / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency*
  • Laboratories*
  • Ophthalmology / education*
  • Swine
  • Teaching / methods