University of Iowa Health Care

Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

VA Wet Lab Session 1: Folding Intraocular Lenses (IOL)


  • Fold 7 single piece acrylic (SPA) IOLs in the wet lab using Monarch injector.
  • Fold 5 three-piece IOL in the wet lab using the Monarch injector.
  • Inject 1 SPA lens into a Kitaro eye.
  • Describe the "time-out" procedure performed in the OR prior to cataract surgery.
  • Explain how to use the operating room microscope, including the foot pedal.
  • Describe how to use the phacoemulsification foot petal.
  • Describe the advantages/disadvantages of the SPA vs. 3 Piece IOL.
  • Know the answers to these questions:
    • Which Monarch cartridge is used for a SN60WF SPA IOL? For a MA50 three piece acrylic IOL? What are the sizes of the Monarch A-D cartridges?
    • How do you know if an IOL is upside down?
  • Describe all of the information on an IOL calculation sheet
  • Describe all of the steps of cataract surgery
  • Practice performing a Yag capsulotomy


Review Questions for Oral Exam

last updated: 05/18/2015