The laboratory is part of the training program of the next generation of eye surgeons. The lab is accredited by RANZCO and has been singled out as for its excellence and uniqueness in possessing a full anatomy license, which means trainees have the opportunity to learn surgery on donated human material to improve their skills prior to operating on patients in theatre.
The lab is a major centre for microsurgery, offering experience for eye and hand surgery, which includes microsurgical training for the Master of Surgery and Master of Ophthalmic Science programs delivered by the University of Sydney and the University of Otago (NZ).
Pro-bono training is provided by the lab for the Sydney Eye Hospital ophthalmology training program for registrars, who provide services at the hospital and in other locations throughout the state.
Anatomical training is complemented by simulation technology, which provides a very real simulated experience of cataract and vitreo-retinal surgery.