Virtual reality app allows students to replicate eye exams

Researchers at Birmingham City University in the United Kingdom have developed a virtual reality tool that allows medical students to replicate eye examinations and learn to diagnose eye conditions, according to a press release.

The mobile phone application uses a virtual reality headset to show enhanced, close-up and moveable images of the interior of an eye, the release said.

“By creating this system we can give trainee doctors as much time as they need to familiarize themselves with how to perform the appropriate systematic processes, identify which signs indicate conditions like diabetes or raised intracranial pressure, and eliminate the need for stand-in patients,” Andrew Wilson, PhD, associate professor at Birmingham City University, who helped to produce the system, said in the release.

Researchers at Birmingham City University in the United Kingdom have developed a virtual reality tool that allows medical students to replicate eye examinations and learn to diagnose eye conditions, according to a press release.

The mobile phone application uses a virtual reality headset to show enhanced, close-up and moveable images of the interior of an eye, the release said.

“By creating this system we can give trainee doctors as much time as they need to familiarize themselves with how to perform the appropriate systematic processes, identify which signs indicate conditions like diabetes or raised intracranial pressure, and eliminate the need for stand-in patients,” Andrew Wilson, PhD, associate professor at Birmingham City University, who helped to produce the system, said in the release.