When the hospital first purchased a surgical simulator in 2013, it elevated training capabilities, making the Royal Bournemouth Hospital eye unit a cutting edge centre of excellence. However, recent advances in technology mean the current surgical simulator has been de-commissioned. Purchasing the next generation of this technology will ensure the Royal Bournemouth Hospital eye unit remains at the forefront of research, training and eye surgery over the next 10 years.
Surgery for common eye conditions like cataract and glaucoma can be very challenging. The Eye Sim simulates the environment of a cataract operation with all its technical complexities.
Surgeons operate in a small cube of 5x5x5mm, having to account for the natural movement of the eye. To do this, the surgeon must first learn to work through a microscope instead of directly viewing the eye and manoeuvre the surgical instruments, with each hand and each leg operating different controls at the same time. Learning these skills on a simulator before operating on patients is an important part of training as it helps to ensure patient safety.
Please look at the diagram below to discover more about why the Eye Sim will make such a difference to the eye health of ophthalmology patients at University Hospitals Dorset and across Wessex.