VR Used to Simulate Ophthalmoscope Training

From VR Medicine News – A VR-based ophthalmoscopy training system is able to simulate the processes involved in performing eye exams, according to a new report. “The VR ophthalmoscope was developed by a clinical team and technologist using the unity game engine, smartphone and virtual reality headset,” noted the authors, led by AS Wilson, with the School of Computing and Digital Technology, at Birmingham City University, United Kingdom. “It has a series of tasks that include performing systematic eye examinations, identifying common eye pathologies and a knowledge quiz,” they added. According to the researchers, the app was highly rated for all elements of perceived usefulness, ease of use and usability. A total of 15 medical students rated the approach. “Medical students stated that they would like to be taught other medical skills in this way in future,” the authors concluded.

Wilson AS, O’Connor J, Taylor L, Carruthers D. A 3D virtual reality ophthalmoscopy trainer. Clin Teach. 2017 Apr 12. doi: 10.1111/tct.12646.