June 30, 2014

University of Houston College of Optometry (UHCO) Installs Optometric Clinical Skills Simulation Lab

At the University of Houston College of Optometry (UHCO), Eyesi Indirect and Eyesi Direct will soon be used to educate optometry students.


Starting with the new semester, optometry students at the University of Houston in Houston, Texas can practice indirect and direct ophthalmoscopy on virtual patients. Five Eyesi Indirect and five Eyesi Direct devices have been installed in an Optometric Clinical Skills Simulation Lab, which was established specifically for this purpose. This makes the College of Optometry the first institution worldwide to offer such a wide range of simulator-based training. For the approximately 400 students, the virtual training will be compulsory and part of the grading. The initiative is a reflection of UHCO’s on-going commitment to train optometrists to provide the highest quality of vision and eye care.

“We are excited to incorporate simulation technology into our curriculum, as the learning opportunities are tremendous” says Dr. Heather Anderson, Assistant Professor at UHCO.  “Our students will now have around the clock access to develop their retinal diagnostic skills through the simulation modules. We will be able to expose our students to a breadth of disease detection earlier in the curriculum in an environment that feels so realistic that it will leave a lasting impression, much like traditional patient encounters do.”