Virtual reality isn’t just helping patients see better, it’s also helping doctors learn and practice their surgical skills.
Alcon was an early adopter of VR technology in 2017, when they discovered it was a powerful tool to not only educate customers on ocular anatomy and physiology, but also help surgeons in their proficiency.

The company’s Fidelis Virtual Reality Ophthalmic Surgical Simulator is a portable training and education tool that upskills cataract surgeons-in-training through sight, sound, touch and remote coaching from anywhere in the world. It offers a high-fidelity, virtual operating room environment with haptic feedback to simulate the look and feel of cataract surgery.

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“Virtual reality has allowed Alcon to create an educational environment that is both unique and engaging for surgeons,” said Rustin FloyXd, Alcon’s global director and head, HCP Training & Education. “The integration of entertainment and education has enabled us to enhance surgeons’ proficiency and efficiency to help improve patient outcomes. Spending time within the Fidelis VR Surgical Simulator becomes a ‘get to’ rather than a ‘have to’ training opportunity.”

While there are other ophthalmic surgical simulators currently in the marketplace, Fidelis is unique to incorporate actual phaco technology into a virtual reality environment—allowing surgeons to see, hear and feel the steps of the cataract procedure.

Fidelis Virtual Reality Cataract Surgical Simulator
Manufacturer: Alcon
Key Features:
• A VR headset, two haptic engines and an integrated Centurion footswitch.
• A realistic virtual operating room (OR) environment, complete with Alcon equipment.
• The ability to connect virtually with other remote users and instructors within the same virtual OR to watch videos together, join in discussions, and coach on surgical technique.
Learn more: Access through the Alcon Experience Academy at