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Join EON Reality for the 24th Annual Gifford-Truhlsen Conference: Current Concepts in Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). We will be demonstrating VR in Ophthalmology, specifically the newest addition to the EyeSim Virtual Reality (VR) Ophthalmology application, developed together with Dr. Anuradha Khanna from A Nu Reality.

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality have taken safety and hands-on learning to the clinical level. Being among the largest industries using simulation, the Healthcare and Life-Science industries are implementing the technology for surgery simulation, patient rehabilitation, phobia treatment, robotic surgery, and skills training.

THE CHALLENGE
Medical students studying ophthalmology view the complex structures and functions of the human eye through two dimensional teaching aids and traditional teaching methods. Deliberate practice is necessary for mastery learning. Currently this takes place through physical simulators purpose built for specific procedures, however how do these students master the basic concepts on which these simulators are based? In order for the complex concepts of ophthalmology to be mastered, there needs to be innovation in the ways students learn.

THE SOLUTION
EyeSim, developed together with Dr. Anuradha Khanna from A Nu Reality, is a Virtual Reality ophthalmic training simulator application designed for educators to use in the classroom for learners to achieve mastery learning through deliberate practice. Currently available modules include ocular anatomy, pupil simulator, ocular motility simulator, and a visual pathway simulator.

 

 

Currently EyeSim features four learning modules: ocular anatomy, pupil simulator, ocular motility simulator, and a visual pathway simulator. Realistic 3D ocular anatomy, with interactive features, allow users to explore the structures of the eye along with supporting animations. The interactive eye examination enables a user to explore pupillary, ocular motility, and cranial nerve dysfunctions in a virtual patient. A visual pathway simulator enables the user to explore how brain damage impacts a patient’s vision.

Virtual Reality presents the perfect platform for EyeSim advanced medical education. Complex concepts can be accurately modeled to facilitate learning and lead to quicker understanding than older two-dimensional teaching aides. By bringing Virtual Reality to medical education, students can get hands on experience and gain valuable practice all without touching a patient or a cadaver.