Networked Ophthalmic Surgical Simulators Offer Performance Comparison

Mannheim. With the current software version for the Eyesi ophthalmic surgical simulator, the German manufacturer VRmagic offers trainee ophthalmologists not only a detailed evaluation of their own surgical performance, but also a comparison with the training results of other users. This data processing option is made possible by networking the training systems, which are installed worldwide.

Using the Eyesi virtual reality simulator, ophthalmologists can systematically practice surgical techniques in a risk-free training environment. After each training unit, the simulator shows a detailed performance evaluation. On simulators that are connected via the internet, users can now additionally access a statistical analysis, which shows their own performance in comparison with the anonymized training data of other surgeons.

»In the current test version, around 250 data records from 39 training sites are included in the performance comparison,« says Markus Schill, CEO at VRmagic. »Based on the initial responses, trainee ophthalmologists are very interested in the comparative feedback so that they can better assess their own performance and train in a more targeted way. «

The new evaluation of different parameters on the simulator shows trainees whether their performance is good in comparison with others right from the start. It also then shows their learning curve and how reliably they achieve good results.

The pre-installed curriculum of the simulator includes tasks with an increasing degree of difficulty – from surgical skills and procedures through to complication management. The performance evaluation takes into account different parameters such as instrument and microscope handling, surgical efficiency and tissue protection. This data is then stored in the system for analysis of training progress.

About the Eyesi® Surgical Simulator

The Eyesi® surgery simulator is a high-end virtual reality simulator by VRmagic for training of intraocular surgery. The platform offers an OR-like training environment, where the surgeon sits in the usual position looking through a stereoscopic operation microscope. Original handheld instruments are inserted into the artificial eye of a model head. During simulation, all essential microscope and instrument functions are controlled via foot pedals. The Eyesi platform can be equipped with surgery interfaces for vitreoretinal or cataract surgery. Simulation software modules provide the actual training content.

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Resident training with Eyesi Surgical simulator
Resident training with Eyesi Surgical simulator (copyright VRmagic, photographer Rudolf Lachnith)
Resident reviewing perfomance comparison (copyright VRmagic, photographer Rudolf Lachnith)

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