Our guest surgeon is highly talented and from watching this surgery, I suspect has done many thousands of cataract surgeries. The surgery is performed through a small pupil without using a pupil expansion device and it goes well. The question is what is your comfort level? In this case, I would try to stretch and expand the pupil more prior to starting phaco and I would even consider using a pupil ring or iris hooks. And remember that I rarely use these devices since I am happy to operate through a 4 mm or so pupil.
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