Moorfields trials latest 3D technology in theatres

Image: Louisa Wickham, consultant ophthalmic surgeon, operating with the Ngenuity® 3D visualisation system (screen image blurred)

A new system designed to improve visualisation of the back of the eye during surgery has been trialled at Moorfields City Road and Moorfields Eye Centre at St George’s.

The Ngenuity® 3D visualisation system allows retinal surgeons to operate looking at a high definition 3D screen instead of bending their necks to look through the eye-piece of a microscope.

This microscope-free design is engineered to improve surgeons’ posture and facilitate collaboration and teaching in the operating room. Offering an immersive panoramic view, the system allows the operating team to see exactly what the surgeon is seeing in real-time, which is not possible when using a traditional microscope.

Louisa Wickham, consultant vitreoretinal surgeon, has been trialling the new system. She said:

“Vitreoretinal surgery focuses on tissues and structures at the back of the eye, including the retina and the vitreous body, which can be delicate and difficult to see. Visualisation systems like these allow us to customise and enhance the view of different parts of the eye during procedures that can be long and complex.

For all staff in the operating room to be able to see exactly what the surgeon is doing on the big screen can improve communication as it brings the whole team together and it’s great for teaching the next generation of surgeons at Moorfields.”

What is vitreoretinal surgery?

Vitreoretinal surgery is a sub-specialty of ophthalmology, focused on diseases and surgery of the back of the eye including the retina (light-sensitive layer) and the vitreous body (clear gel that fills most of the inside of the eyeball).

The retina and the vitreous body can all be subject to various diseases and conditions that can lead to sight loss and may require the attention of a vitreoretinal surgeon.

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