Can Virtual Reality Be the Next Thing in Curing Blindness? HelpMeSee says it already is:

HelpMeSee will train MSICS specialists using an unprecedented approach to surgical training — an innovative MSICS Virtual Reality Surgical Simulator. The Simulator recreates the human eye in all its visual and tactile details and, used in conjunction with sophisticated courseware, provides an endless supply of virtual eyes and unlimited opportunities for practice without endangering patients. This model can dramatically speed up the surgical training.

It is good to see VR technology being put to work for medical purposes. Each surgical specialist will be capable of delivering at least 2,500 cataract surgeries per year, leading to sight restoration for millions of visually impaired and blind people, while eliminating the current backlog of cataract blindness globally.

Where VR is going to really make it first is in the tutorials business, not necessarily only in the medical field or in other area where screwing up something could put people at risk or waste large amounts of money, but also in training new employees in general. Because it is not efficient to use an experienced employer’s time to train a new one who can always leave even in their first months of work. So VR will help a lot of businesses save not just lives and improve health but also save time and money.