In an Australian first, surgeons at Adelaide’s Tennyson Centre Day Hospital are now operating using the Zeiss Artevo digital microscope – a world-first new technology that is set to revolutionise the way eye surgeons visualise the delicate structures inside the eye in 3D.
The microscope is set to change the future of eye surgery by revolutionising visualisation in the operating room. Developed with surgeons for surgeons, the technology assists surgeons to perform at their best, and deliver the finest patient outcomes.
The 3D technology is incredible – it really does feel like the future of surgery
Tennyson Centre Day Hospital General Manager and Director of Nursing, Lee-Anne Crew explained, “Our ophthalmic surgeons perform micro-surgery, which requires a high level of concentration and skill. With the Artevo our surgeons can operate while viewing a 3D screen, reducing neck strain and fatigue. The viewing system also allows all those assisting the surgeon to follow the procedure in 3D, and in real time. This enables them to respond immediately to the surgeon and increases efficiency, whilst also providing an excellent education and training tool.”
As a fully integrated digital ophthalmic microscope, the Artevo 800 improves depth of field, and reduces light intensity requirements improving the surgeon’s view during surgery. The microscope is also configured to enable real-time feedback on the size and shape of the eye, allowing for more accurate decision making and supporting better patient outcomes.
Cataract and refractive surgeon Dr Ben LaHood was one of the first to use the technology at Tennyson when it was introduced in late January. “The 3D technology is incredible – it really does feel like the future of surgery. The microscope optics are superb, providing excellent resolution and remarkable depth of field even with low light intensity. Being able to digitally brighten the image I am viewing while keeping the light on the patient as low as possible, may help reduce drying of the ocular surface as well as potentially reduce the detrimental effects of directing bright light onto the retina for prolonged periods.”
Nexus Hospitals COO, Scott Bell said, “The digital technology also contributes to a safer operating environment. In a COVID-19 world, digital microscopes offer an additional barrier for surgeons and patients. Being able to look through 3D glasses allows our surgeons to wear a full-face shield, and they don’t need to hover directly over the patient’s face during surgery.
“Another safety advantage is that the technology allows for direct transfer of eye measurements taken in the surgeon’s consulting rooms to the operating theatre. This reduces the risk of human error, and reliance on paper charts.”