Comparison of 2D and 3D video displays for teaching vitreoretinal surgery

Nisarg Chhaya, Omar Helmy, Niloofar Piri, Agustina Palacio, Shlomit Schaal

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Purpose: To compare medical students’ learning uptake and understanding of vitreoretinal surgeries by watching either 2D or 3D video recordings. Methods: Three vitreoretinal procedures (tractional retinal detachment, exposed scleral buckle removal, and four-point scleral fixation of an intraocular lens [TSS]) were recorded simultaneously with a conventional recorder for two-dimensional viewing and a VERION 3D HD system using Sony HVO-1000MD for three-dimensional viewing. Two videos of each surgery, one 2D and the other 3D, were edited to have the same content side by side. One hundred UMass medical students randomly assigned to a 2D group or 3D, then watched corresponding videos on a MacBook. All groups wore BiAL Red-blue 3D glasses and were appropriately randomized. Students filled out questionnaires about surgical steps or anatomical relationships of the pathologies or tissues, and their answers were compared. Results: There was no significant difference in comprehension between the two groups for the extraocular scleral buckle procedure. However, for the intraocular TSS and tractional retinal detachment videos, the 3D group performed better than 2D (P, 0.05) on anatomy comprehension questions. Conclusion: Three-dimensional videos may have value in teaching intraocular ophthalmic surgeries. Surgical procedure steps and basic ocular anatomy may have to be reviewed to ensure maximal teaching efficacy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1556-1561
Number of pages6
Issue number8
StatePublished - Jul 11 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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