FYidoctors _ Visique launches eye care simulation lab at Université de Montréal

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Eye care company FYidoctors | Visique has launched a simulation lab in partnership with the School of Optometry at the Université de Montréal.

Quick read

➨ The lab is the second of its kind to be constructed in Canada

➨ Students will be able to master difficult techniques, see more conditions than they would in their current clinical experience, and instructors will be better able to evaluate their students

➨ The learning lab’s simulation capabilities will provide students with hundreds of real patient cases

The story

The virtual reality (VR) Visique Simulation Lab is the second of its kind to be constructed in Canada. The first, also in partnership with FYidoctors, was set up in Waterloo, Ontario.

Thanks to a $350,000 investment from FYidoctors | Visique, the lab will allow students of the Université de Montréal to simulate both common and rare eye disease in VR.

Students will be able to master difficult techniques, see more conditions than they would in their current clinical experience, and instructors will be better able to evaluate their students.

“Our business is built off the idea of providing exceptional care above all else,” said Dr Frédéric Marchand, an optometrist and vice president of Visique and Université de Montréal alumnus. “Through this investment, we are taking it one step further and ensuring that future generations have access to the most modern training methods.”

“It is of paramount importance for us to give back to the industry and help improve the educational experience for students, which will, in turn, help improve the quality of eye care that is given to Canadians in the long run. I am personally thrilled to be able to do this in partnership with the Université de Montréal’s School of Optometry as that’s where I got my training.”

The learning lab’s simulation capabilities will provide students with hundreds of real patient cases, which will ultimately supplement their real-life clinical training.

Christian Casanova, director and professor in the School of Optometry at the Université de Montréal, said: “Thanks to FYidoctors | Visique, the Montreal School of Optometry will take advantage of the recent advances in educational technology to offer the best learning experience to our students and enrich continuous education of the Quebec optometric community.”

“The new virtual reality training laboratory will provide a rich, interactive, engaging educational context, thus supporting experiential learning-by-doing. By providing access to this new technology, FYidoctors | Visique demonstrates its commitment to education and health care, and to the development of the Montreal School of Optometry.”

The Visique Simulation Lab opened its doors for the Fall 2019 semester at the Université de Montréal.

Image credit: FYidoctors | Visique