WITH THE proliferation of students in ophthalmology and related professions, an increasing need exists for their exposure to clinical situations during training. It is not always feasible or desirable for the neophyte to approach a patient. Particularly in surgical techniques or examinations that involve tissue manipulation, it is helpful for students to have some familiarity in approach by simulations prior to the time they are confronted with the actual patient.
This is a report of a mannequin developed to allow practice in techniques and procedures on the eye and related structures. It is composed of a life-like face supported by a vinyl lined, flat-backed container (Fig 1). The box contains two eye support structures (Fig 2). This cradlelike suction mechanism will immobilize the eye (human or laboratory animal) in a unique arrangement whereby the suction is exerted posteriorly to support the globe, allowing simulation of a globe in an orbit.