Technology prepares people, doctors for eye surgery

Technology prepares people, doctors for eye surgery
The Eye Surgical Simulation Center is now open at UAMS. The center helps educate future doctors and others about eye surgeries. (Source: KARK-TV)

LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT/KARK) - The idea of having eye surgery can be intimidating and now people can go to the capital city to learn more about what a surgery is like.

According to KARK, UAMS has several virtual reality machines, microscopes and other equipment at the Walker Eye Surgical Simulation and Education Center to help people learn more.

Dr. Ahmed Sallam, who is the director of the center, said the center not only teaches people what a surgery is like but can also prepare future doctors how to do the surgery.

It will also help with safety, Sallam said.

"It's good practice you know to actually have good practice before you actually operate on real people," Sallam said, noting the center is one of the first centers in the United States.

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