Re- envisioning Training and Education in Ophthalmology with Haptic XR

Post pandemic, VR for advanced surgical training is already proving to be one of the most worthwhile and exciting use cases in the ‘metaverse’(a virtual reality space in which users can interact with a computer generated environment and other users). By combining VR with cutting –edge haptic technology( process of communicating with users through the sensory experience of touch, vibrations, motions, or the perceived application of force and pressure), offers numerous physical and cognitive benefits to surgeons, wherein they can now train and gain competence and confidence with a range of ophthalmic surgeries, devices and therapies remotely.

Through the introduction of minimally invasive surgical devices for glaucoma surgery (MIGS) to the very first FDA- approved gene therapy for an inherited retinal disorder (IRD), it has become more important to train HCPs for their use. Along with the development in ophthalmic devices and therapies, innovation in training and education must keep up.

Tools incorporating the latest Haptic VR technology specialize in creating a precise sense of touch that enables the necessary skill transfer and ongoing skill retention. Advances in kinaesthetic haptics and 3D spatial technology with high fidelity graphics remarkably changes the training landscape.

The application of virtual reality with Haptic XR has the potential to shift the medical landscape worldwide.

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