• Practice is essential for acquiring the skills necessary for the delicate technique of pars plana vitrectomy. An improved animal model is presented for the beginning surgeon and the assistant to learn basic as well as advanced vitrectomy techniques. A stepwise scheme progressing from simple vitrectomy in the phakic rabbit eye to complicated situations is introduced. Fluorescein staining helps in visualization of the normal vitreous. Double perforating injuries are created to simulate complicated vitreoretinal problems. Methods for learning manipulations with two instruments in the eye are described.
Abrams GW, Topping T, Machemer R. An Improved Method for Practice Vitrectomy. Arch Ophthalmol. 1978;96(3):521-525. doi:10.1001/archopht.1978.03910050289022