Is YouTube a Useful Tool for Trainees in Pediatric Cataract Surgery?

Samiksha Fouzdar Jain, Connor Eggleston, Scott A. Larson, Donny W. Suh

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Purpose: To determine the utility of surgical videos published on YouTube (Google) as resources for trainee education in pediatric ophthalmology, the authors assessed the surgical proficiency, patient care, and video quality displayed in the published YouTube content. Methods: The 10 most highly viewed pediatric and congenital cataract procedural videos published within the past 10 years were independently reviewed by three separate board-certified, fellowship-trained, practicing pediatric ophthalmologists. Videos were assessed for surgical competency on a 5-point Likert scale in six key areas as outlined in the American Academy of Ophthalmology's congenital cataract surgery guidelines. The teaching quality of the videos was also subjectively assessed based on multiple measures. Results: The mean overall score was 3.93 ± 0.94 (range: 2.67 to 4.67). Only one video failed to receive an overall score of greater than 3, indicating incompetent overall surgical performance. No other video failed to have a mean competent score for any single individual technique. One video demonstrated potential patient safety concerns. Eighty percent of videos had adequate or better picture quality. Conclusions: Of the 10 most popular pediatric cataract surgical videos published on YouTube, all but one displayed competent overall surgical technique. Although viewers must always be wary because unvetted and potentially harmful videos may be published on the platform at any time, if used correctly, surgical content published on YouTube can be a helpful tool for ophthalmologic trainees.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)200-203
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Ophthalmology


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