There’s no question. Virtual Reality is slowly changing the world.
From a fiction writer’s wild imagination to really ridiculous VR fantasy movies in the past, Virtual Reality can be traced far before we even knew what it was.
Today, almost everyone can experience VR right at home. Using your smartphone and your VR glasses, you can have hours and hours of entertainment in a parallel world.
Beyond entertainment, though, it’s simply profound how Virtual Reality has shaped our health care. It has made surgery easier for doctors. More so, it’s helping sick children cope with their stressful situations.
Here’s how virtual reality helps children cope in hospitals.
It makes them temporarily forget their pain
Can you imagine how painful it is to be a burn victim and have your dead skin scraped away?
They say morphine isn’t even enough to make this gruesome healing process bearable. Imagine if the burn victims are kids. The process is often too much for them.
At Shriners Hospital for Children, doctors seek the aid of virtual reality to help soothe their patients. One burn victim was immersed in “SnowWorld”. It shows her an icy landscape where she can play with snow, igloos, and snowmen.
The 13-year old kid claims it has distracted her from what’s being done to her body and from the pain.
It helps ease pre-surgery anxiety
Another way VR helps is by easing the fears of the kids who are about to go for a surgery.
In Sick Kids, when a girl with a broken finger knew that she needed to have surgery, she was too terrified. To help hear be at ease, she experienced how the procedure would go through VR.
Check out the video below to see what the little girl was able to see before she was operated on.
After viewing it, she was no longer scared, knowing what will happen during the surgery.
This is what technology is supposed to do — helping humanity overcome difficulties. Virtual Reality has been becoming more popular in the entertainment sector, but its impact is significant in healthcare too.
Do you know of other uses VR has in the hospital?