Industry news in brief – July/August 2019

News from VRmagic, VSY and Nidek

Colin Kerr

Posted: Tuesday, July 9, 2019

German manufacturer VRmagic says the current software version for the Eyesi ophthalmic surgical simulator offers trainee ophthalmologists a detailed evaluation of their own surgical performance and a comparison with the results of other users. This is made possible by networking the worldwide training systems, says VRmagic.

“Using the Eyesi virtual reality simulator, ophthalmologists can practise surgical techniques in a risk-free environment. After each training unit, the simulator shows a detailed performance evaluation. Users can now access a statistical analysis, which shows their own performance in comparison with the anonymised training data of other surgeons,” said a company spokesman.

VSY Biotechnology is accepting applications for the “Stars of Ophthalmology” awards. The winning entries will be selected from applicants who have had a scientific article published in an ophthalmology journal since January 2018. The articles must be in English and must be already published in order to be eligible for the awards. The application deadline is 15 August 2019.

Three winners will be announced at the “VSY Biotechnology Satellite Symposium” during the 37th Congress of the ESCRS, in Paris, France, on 14 September.

Applicants should submit their articles at the link below, and send any queries to

NIDEK CO., LTD. has announced the launch of the YC-200 S plus Ophthalmic YAG and SLT Laser System / YC-200 Ophthalmic YAG Laser System. The YC-200 S plus / YC-200 is the advanced successor to the YC-1800 laser.

The YC-200 S plus YC-200 of lasers builds on the popularity and technology of the YC-1800 by incorporating newer optical designs, engineering and software advances to ensure precise targeting of pathology, while ensuring efficacious treatments and enhancing surgeon visualization of laser delivery.

Two rotatable aiming beams for YAG mode and a parfocal aiming beam for SLT mode help the surgeon accurately target pathology.

NIDEK has included YAG laser system enhancements to the YC-200 S plus /YC-200 that achieve 1.6mJ plasma threshold in air. These enhancements allow for robust, homogeneous laser energy delivery, said a NIDEK spokesperson.