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Virtual Reality in Ophthalmology Field
Ann Optom Contact Lens 2019;18:6-9
Published online March 25, 2019
© 2019 The Korean Optometry & Contact Lens Study Society

Young-Woo Suh, MD, PhD

Department of Ophthalmology, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
Correspondence to: Young-Woo Suh, MD, PhD
Department of Ophthalmology, Korea University Ansan Hospital, #123 Jeokgeum-ro, Danwon-gu, Ansan 15355, Korea, Tel: 82-31-412-5160, Fax: 82-31-412-4267, E-mail:
Received March 18, 2019; Revised March 19, 2019; Accepted March 19, 2019.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Virtual Reality (VR) provides an artificial visual or other sensory environment by using computer modeling and simulation. Recently, the VR market is growing exponentially, and people can easily experience VR devices and their contents. VR is being used in various fields of medicine, especially for surgery simulation and patient rehabilitation. In the ophthalmologic field, the VR-based simulator provides training program for operations such as cataract surgery. The development of VR for ophthalmological examination such as visual field, and eye movement test are in progress. Quality of life can be assessed by measuring the ability to perform complex vision-based tasks in virtual environment. VR can also provide dichoptic stimuli to treat amblyopia and strabismus. Future advancement in technology for VR display and biosignal sensors would enable VR to play a greater role in the ophthalmologic field.
Keywords : Quality of life; Simulation training; Visual field tests; Virtual reality

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