Category: Improving Care

Using Technology to Train Surgeons

Eyesi Surgical Simulator

Ophthalmology residents at the University of Pittsburgh have an exciting new hi-tech teaching tool! Thanks to contributions from the Joseph Horne Trust and generous donors to the residents’ education fund, the Department of Ophthalmology was recently able to purchase a VR Magic Eyesi® Surgical Simulator, a high-end virtual reality simulator for intraocular surgery training. This $250,000 state-of-the-art training tool will allow the next generation of ocular surgeons enhanced training opportunities outside those found in a traditional surgical training laboratory. “The traditional model of training for surgery was to bring residents to the operating room, have them watch faculty, and then

StreetLab: Reconceptualizing Patient Care


A belief held by Dr. José-Alain Sahel, University of Pittsburgh Department of Ophthalmology Chairman, is that, to best help a patient as a whole being, and not just consider the condition which limits their sight, we need to radically reconceptualize the way we deliver care. How We Reconceptualize Care It starts, we believe, by listening. According to Dr. Sahel, “we work hand in hand with an individual to understand what their life with vision loss is like; we formulate a multifaceted plan to turn their struggles into opportunities. Our experience with this model tells us that we need experts from

What is the Guerilla Eye Service?

Evan “Jake” Waxman, MD, PhD

Living up to their motto of “travel light and save sight,” Dr. Evan Waxman, along with ophthalmology residents and medical school students, take their “mobile eye clinic” to underserved communities around Pittsburgh three times a month. Vision loss is debilitating condition that affects millions of people around the world. Exasperating this problem is the fact that in many communities, vision care often takes a backseat to other necessities and responsibilities. While many eye diseases cannot be cured, in some patients, vision loss can be saved if the condition is diagnosed and treated early enough. Fortunately, physicians, residents, and students from