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Operating Room Performance Improves after Proficiency-Based Virtual Reality Cataract Surgery Training

Authors: Ann Sofia Skou Thomsen, Daniella Bach-Holm, Hadi Kjaerbo, Klavs Hojgaard Olsen, Yousif Subhi, George Saleh, Yoon Soo Park, Morten la Cour, Lars Konge.
Ophthalmology 2017; 124(4):524-31.

Authors’ main purpose for this study was to investigate the effect of virtual reality proficiency-based training on cataract surgery performance. Their secondary objective was to define which surgeons benefit from virtual reality training. Through a multicenter masked clinical trial, eighteen cataract surgeons with different levels of experience received training in cataract surgery on a virtual simulator (EyeSi) until a proficiency-based test was passed. Results showed that non-independently operating surgeons and surgeons having performed fewer than 75 independent cataract surgeries showed significant improvements in the operating room, while more experienced cataract surgeons did not benefit from simulation.

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