When we place the drapes on the eye and eyelids, it serves to give us better exposure of the surgical field and good access to the tissues. We have explained that draping is a critically important step of surgery, but new surgeons may not realize that if the draping is not ideal, re-draping can actually make the surgery more efficient.
In this video, the patient has deep-set eyes and the initial draping was not great. This allowed exposure of the eyelashes in the surgical field and it make the view suboptimal. The best solution was to spend another minute or two re-draping the eye, then the cataract surgery was highly efficient due to good visibility.
Click below to learn this important lesson that re-draping is always worth it: