A new transparent, head-wearable display modeled after air fighter pilot technology aims to make ophthalmic surgery more precise.
Reviewed by Anat Loewenstein, MD
A new head-mounted camera display customized for ophthalmic surgery could help eye surgeons with surgical resolution and precision, said Anat Loewenstein, MD, Department of Ophthalmology, Tel Aviv Medical Center, Tel Aviv, Israel.
The head-mounted display—also called a transparent, head-wearable display—and three-dimensional (3-D), ultra-resolution camera with a remote digital arm have several features, including 10× HD resolution, natural 3-D vision, and intuitive head gesture control that is essentially an extension of the body.
“There is the potential for unlimited virtual information that is personalized and overlaid,” Dr. Loewenstein said. Dr. Loewenstein shared information about the Clarity surgeon-centered visualization and information platform, designed by the company Beyeonics.
The company is a spinoff of Elbit, which developed a pilot head mount display used by air fighter craft pilots to display flight data, videos, and symbolics critical for flight, Dr. Loewenstein explained.
She described how the system has personalized screens that can have various inputs, sizes, and positions. One example she gave was optical coherence tomography imaging that could be potentially overlaid onto the surgeon’s view.
“Basically, it can be personalized to the person’s needs and preferences,” she said. Users of the system can move their head to change the focus of the camera, and control image enhancement and lighting.
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This article was adapted from Dr. Loewenstein’s presentation at the 2018 meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. Loewenstein is a consultant for Beyeonics.