Pain, operations, rehabilitation … all this can be observed before a real case occurs. Asking a medical student to perform an operation alone for the first time is not easy, with VR the “training” phase of the operation is more realistic. By the time the student is in a real life situation, he or she will have already performed the steps many times so will have a safer hand.
VR is also used increasingly for the treatment of anxieties, fears and phobias. The fear of emptiness, for example, can be addressed with the VR helmet. Here, virtual reality is used as a complement to classical therapy. Confronting frightening notions with the support of a professional is reassuring.
And if agoraphobia were to be treated with a virtual reality mask, might that interest you?