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Correlation of virtual reality performance with real-life cataract surgery performance

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PURPOSE: To investigate the correlation between performance on a virtual reality simulator and real-life cataract surgical performance.

SETTING: Nine ophthalmology departments in Denmark and Copenhagen Academy for Medical Education and Simulation, Copenhagen, Denmark.

DESIGN: Prospective multicenter study.

METHODS: Cataract surgeons with different experience levels were included. The participants performed 3 consecutive video-recorded phacoemulsification surgeries that were rated by masked raters using the Objective Structured Assessment of Cataract Surgical Skills (OSACSS) scoring system. Thereafter, the participants performed a previously validated test on an Eyesi virtual reality simulator. Primary outcomes were the mean OSACSS score from all 3 surgeries and the simulator score from the participants' first repetition of the performance test.

RESULT: Nineteen surgeons participated. There was a statistically significant correlation between the simulator performance score and the mean OSACSS score across all experience levels, with a Pearson correlation of 0.65 (P = .003, R2 = 0.42).

CONCLUSION: Simulator performance was significantly correlated with real-life cataract surgical performance.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
Volume45
Issue number9
Pages (from-to)1246-1251
Number of pages6
ISSN0886-3350
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Publication statusPublished - Sep 2019

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