WVU Eye Institute implements 3D eye surgery technology

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Surgeons at the WVU Eye Institute are now using 3D viewing systems to perform vitreoretinal surgery. The WVU Eye Institute is the only facility in the state to offer this technology.

Eye surgery requires incredibly small and precise instrumentation, and the use of microscopes has long been the standard method of viewing inside the eye during these procedures. The new 3D visualization system allows surgeons to view the surgical field on a large screen and improves the depth of field in order to provide greater accuracy.

“When you are performing eye surgery, microns can make a big difference,” Ghassan Ghorayeb, M.D., WVU Eye Institute surgeon, said. “In addition to standard vitreoretinal surgery, this technology offers an edge in patient safety and outcomes.”

The system has been used extensively for ocular surgeries, including strabismus surgery, cataract surgery, glaucoma surgery, and vitreoretinal surgeries. It utilizes passive circularly polarized 3D polarization glasses and a 55-inch 4K ultra-HD OLED display.

“The display is what makes this technology unique,” Dr. Ghorayeb said. “When you use a microscope, it limits the number of people who can view the inside of the eye. This heads-up display allows anyone in the room to observe the procedure and learn. As a teaching hospital, this is a great advantage.”

For more information on the WVU Eye Institute, visit WVUMedicine.org/Eye.