CUHK Jockey Club Ophthalmic Microsurgical Training Programme

CUHK Jockey Club Ophthalmic Microsurgical Training Programme

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Ophthalmic surgeries are highly sophisticated, skill-dependent, and technologically driven. The standard and quality of surgical training is crucial for providing safe and effective patient services.

Fully sponsored by the Hong Kong Jockey Club, and established by the Faculty of Medicine of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), the CUHK Jockey Club Ophthalmic Microsurgical Training Programme aims to raise the standard of ophthalmic microsurgical training and education in Hong Kong to be amongst the very best in the world. It provides hands-on learning and practicing of ophthalmic microsurgical skills for eye doctors in a safe, simulated environment, without disrupting routine clinical services and risking complications to patients.

At the CUHK, we are proud to offer the best and safest ophthalmic microsurgical training for both basic and advanced eye surgery in Hong Kong. Our training will also be extended to overseas eye doctors in future for Hong Kong to become an internationally-recognized hub for top-notched ophthalmic microsurgical training.



– To foster cutting edge ophthalmic microsurgical skills transfer to local and regional specialists.

– To provide a training venue for surgical trainees in Hong Kong in the full range of surgical skills.

– To enhance the quality of eye surgical outcomes through high quality training and practice.

– To offer cost effective and high quality ophthalmic microsurgical skills transfer courses to local and regional participants.


Programme Director & Advisor
Subspecialty Programme Director Programme Advisor International Advisor
Cataract & Lens Surgery Tommy Chan Clement Tham Dennis Lam
Corneal Surgery KW Kam Alvin Young Michael Belin
Glaucoma Surgery Poemen Chan Jimmy Lai Tarek Shaarawy
Laser Refractive Surgery Vishal Jhanji John Chang Ron Krueger
Orbital & Oculoplastic Surgery Kelvin Chong Hunter Yuen Robert Goldberg
Pediatric & Strabismus Surgery Jason Yam Simon Ko Frank Martin
Retinal Surgery Mårten Brelén Wai Ching Lam William Mieler


Course Overview

To accommodate the different levels of skills required by ophthalmologists at respective stages of professionalism, appropriate training programmes will be tailor-made for different target learners. Below courses for various stages of ophthalmic microsurgical training will be launched per year.

1. Basic Ophthalmic Microsurgical Workshop
This is a hands-on training course using the microscope and Eyesi Surgical Simulator System platform for residents to learn the basic microsurgical skills, such as application of the surgical instruments and handling complications of Extracapsular Cataract Extraction (ECCE). It is comprehensively designed to have participants understand the Eyesi VR system and experience “live surgery” on the pigs’ eyes. Trainees are required to spend 12 hours in the instruction course, a minimum of 10 hours practice on operating workstation, an additional 10 hours of Practice Sessions on the Eyesi system.

2. Phacoemulsification (Cataract Extraction) Workshop
This workshop consists of: ‘Simulated Cataract Surgery Course on Animal Eyes’, ‘Virtual Reality Cataract Surgery Course’, and Practice Sessions. The training will concentrate on hands on training of phacoemulsification and IOL fixation. Each trainee is required to attend the instruction course for 12 hours and to spend an additional 30 hours of practice on an operating workstation, and 30 hours on the Eyesi system.

3. Ophthalmic Subspecialty Surgical Workshops
Fellows would receive specific subspecialty microsurgical training programmes in their respective subspecialties. We would provide below training programmes for the 5 major ophthalmic subspecialties.

– Advanced Cataract Surgery & IOL Fixation Workshop
– LASIK & Refractive Procedures Workshop
– Corneal Grafts Workshop
– Trabeculectomy & Tubes Workshop
– Non-Penetrating Surgery & New Advances in Glaucoma Surgery
– Vitreoretina Surgery Course Programme
– Eyelid & Facial Rejunvenation Course Programme
– Orbital & Lacrimal Surgeries Course Programme
– Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Programme

4. Skills Transfer Workshops / Refresher Workshops
These workshops designed for practicing ophthalmologists are conducted to familiarize them with the latest microsurgical advancements, as well as to refresh the surgical skills in their respective fields of subspecialty interests. For the workshop services, the centre is available for booking to host different kinds of academic activities, including exhibition or workshops. We are welcome to variedly cooperation with the suppliers of ophthalmic surgical equipment and industrial partners.

Standardized Course Structure includes:

– Instruction Lectures
– Video Learning
– Observerships of simulated surgery or in OT
– Supervised learning in simulated environments
(i) mal eyes (ii) EyeSi VR system
– Self-practice Sessions
– Surgical evaluation by trainers



Our centre provides the best and safest ophthalmic microsurgical training for both basic and advanced eye surgery, and equipped with the advanced facilities and hardware. The facilities include:

Surgical microscope for ophthalmology Leica M844 F20

    • 6 Versatile Operating Workstations with Operating Microscopes

Each workstation is equipped with an operating microscope with eye pieces for the trainee and an instructor. It also provides ergonomically designed surgeon’s chairs to simulate the real operating theatre and to facilitate correct posturing of both trainees and trainers. There are headholder, suction and ventilation. These are versatile training stations used for multiple tasks, including simulated microsurgical training and wet labs which involve animal parts.



    • Phacoemulsification System

Each of the 6 workstations will be equipped with a CENTURION® phacoemulsification system. It provides control and improved efficiency during the minimally invasive cataract phacoemulsification procedure. The phacoemulsification system is the current model used in public hospitals. Trainees will learn to use the most up-to-date system and also enhance their experience and performance.



    • Vitrectomy System with Intraocular Laser

The CONSTELLATION® vitrectomy system delivers an exceptional level of performance through its advanced technologies. The system allows the surgeon to modify duty cycle to control flow independent of vacuum and cut rate. This technology has been designed to optimize their surgical experience and patient outcomes.


Eyesi simulator

    • Eyesi® Ophthalmic Microsurgical Simulators

Eyesi® is the most realistic virtual reality ophthalmic surgery training device. The system offers state-of-the-art virtual reality simulations for trainee eye surgeons to perform simulated surgery for cataract extraction, vitreoretinal and macular diseases. The device’s hardware includes an interchangeable head on an adjustable platform, control pedals for phacoemulsification. Trainees can be trained under a better simulated environment with the up-to-date technique and instrument delivered.


    • Three-dimensional Visual System connected to the instructor’s microscope

The workstation accommodates 3D visual system on ophthalmic microsurgery which allows trainers to share the same 3D perspective on the surgical field as the operating surgeon. 3D visualization of anatomical structures improves understanding of surgical maneuvers in relation to anatomical structures. The teaching material presented can also be more engaging for the spectators, raising the caliber of the teaching curriculum.

    • Audio-visual System

The centre is equipped with high definition display monitors for the purpose of multimedia teaching. One of the teaching microscopes is connected to a video system for demonstration of the microsurgical procedure by the instructors and also for digital recording. An integrated teleconference system connected to the main operating theatre at the Hong Kong Eye Hospital is also allowed live surgery demonstration and international teleconferences.



Delegation from the Ministry of Health of the Kingdom of Cambodia


We were honoured to have Dr Mam Bunheng, Minister of Health of the Kingdom of Cambodia, leading an entourage of Cambodian University and Healthcare Officials, to visit our Department and Hong Kong Eye Hospital on 20th November 2017. <Read more>


Contact us

Address: CUHK Eye Centre, 3/F, Hong Kong Eye Hospital, 147K Argyle Street, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Should you require more information about our Programme, please feel free to contact :
Ms Asa Chong at or ( 852 ) 3943 5850
Ms Elsie Poon at or ( 852 ) 3943 5819