Watch this robot.... fight blindness!

May 2019

The world is on the cusp of a tech revolution and more skilled tasks are being performed by machines than ever before – like fighting avoidable blindness around the world…

Eyesi® (pronounced eye see) is “a high-end virtual reality simulator for cataract surgery training”, but we like to think of it as just another amazing member of the Orbis family!

That’s because Eyesi® has been working on board the Flying Eye Hospital for more than 3 years and has become a vital part of our simulation program, helping to train local partners to perform complicated cataract surgeries.

But how can a robot teach such a complex skill? Well, the magic is all in its design…

Eyesi® recreates the whole experience of performing surgery in a safe, educational environment. It uses the latest virtual reality technology to simulate the inside of a human eye and even recreates the atmosphere of an operating theatre – including distracting sounds and reflections from surgical lighting.

Eyesi® allows you to perform the same step over and over again, meaning students can practice any skill they’re lacking. Plus, a mistake can be fixed with the flick of a button so it’s much safer.

Maria Montero,

Flying Eye Hospital Head Ophthalmologist

This amazing robot also includes different levels, from beginner lessons like learning how to use surgical instruments, all the way to advanced ones like ‘Anterior Vitrectomy’.

And every step of the way, Eyesi® gives students both verbal and written feedback on their surgical skills and how they can improve – yes, Eyesi® can speak!

Eyesi is currently in Chile training local partners

Read more

Of course, once students have mastered Eyesi®’s lessons, their training is still far from over. Surgeons go on to practice on prosthetic eyes in a real operating theatre before getting invaluable experience shadowing a surgeon on the job

This is what makes our work so special and impactful – when technology and people work together to deliver world-class training, we can share quality, life-changing eye care all around the world. Together, technology and people are transforming lives and we couldn’t do it without the help and generosity of our kind supporters and partners.

Eyesi® might look like the Terminator, but sadly its ability to speak isn’t quite as advanced. But, if it could give us a quote, we think it would say something like this:

I love travelling the world helping to train eye teams and improve the quality of eye care available. I’ve seen so many amazing things on my current trip to Chile. It is a beautiful country – I’ll be back!

Eyesi

Robot cataract simulator

Help train local eye teams

with state of the art simulation technology