Haag-Streit Diagnostics and VRmagic develop digital microscope head
Mannheim/Bern. The Swiss company Haag-Streit, a leading manufacturer of diagnostic equipment for ophthalmology, and the German simulator manufacturer VRmagic have developed a digital microscope head for the Eyesi® Surgical ophthalmic surgery simulator. The virtual reality simulator therefore now offers trainee ophthalmic surgeons an even more realistic training environment: the digital binocular provides the viewer with a large three-dimensional field of view with a detail-precise resolution of 1080×1080 pixels per eye.
The beam path of a microscope is simulated and visualized in real time with depth of field and all optical effects. Instead of the image plane in a real microscope, the stereoscopic simulation images are shown on two microdisplays in the new digital microscope head. The optical system provides a realistic exit pupil, so that the eye distance has to be adjusted to the user’s own pupil size in order to obtain a complete, wide 3D field of vision, just like with a real surgical microscope. The refraction can also be corrected individually by means of a diopter scale on the eyepieces.
The mechanical and optical systems of the digital microscope head are from Haag-Streit. VRmagic developed the electronics of the digital stereo tube and the software for controlling the OLED microdisplays.
Headquartered in Bern, Switzerland, we are a leading provider of instruments and medical-practice equipment for ophthalmologists, optometrists and opticians. A fascination with technology, exceptional manufacturing skills, close cooperation with trusted scientists and medical professionals, and a desire to implement pioneering ideas together – all of this allows us to create instruments that broaden our horizons.
VRmagic GmbH develops and markets virtual reality simulators for medical training. Today, VRmagic is the world leader with its Eyesi® training systems for eye specialists, counting over 500 installations worldwide. Since 2003, cameras for image processing in industry and science have been a second business division, leading to the establishment of VRmagic Imaging GmbH in 2016. Both companies belong to the VRmagic Holding AG, founded in 2008.