BOSTON – October 20, 2020 – FundamentalVR, global pioneers in immersive VR surgical skills training and skills data analytics, today announced the expansion of its surgical specialty capabilities with the addition of ophthalmology. Powered by the company’s patented HapticVRTM technology architecture that mimics the physical cues of surgical actions, medical tools, and tissue variations, FundamentalVR can now create immersive, data-driven medical educational simulations for ophthalmology as well as orthopedic device and pharmaceutical brands.
The expert knowledge has been used to create tailored solutions for Life Sciences companies and a cataract surgical simulator for the global eye care NGO Orbis International. The highly regarded organization works to end avoidable blindness by training eye care teams in low and middle-income countries so they can save and restore vision in their communities. Orbis is deploying FundamentalVR’s educational simulation for cataract surgery in select residency training programs and prospective digital training hubs to evaluate the impact on residents’ surgical skills and obtain user feedback to inform further software developments.
Simulations, featuring the interactions with human tissue essential for learning, can be created to cover various ophthalmology procedures. These interactions include incisions, trocar placement, scleral tissue manipulation, lens manipulation, lens implant insertion, posterior chamber manipulations, bimanual manipulation of the eyeball, and subretinal injections.
“Industry analysts now estimate adoption curves for immersive technologies have accelerated by around three years as COVID-19 permanently changes traditional teaching methods,” said Richard Vincent, co-founder and CEO of FundamentalVR. “With the addition of ophthalmology capacities, we are meeting this increased demand with proven technology that allows medical device companies and medical educators to more effectively train the next generation of surgeons and bringing innovative new procedures and equipment to market permanently.”