British Man Is The First In The World To Receive A 3D Printed Prosthetic Eye

Image Credit – Moorfields Eye Hospital

Back in the day that prosthetics were first created, they weren’t necessarily designed to mimic a real part of the human body. For the most part, they were designed to be functional, which makes sense. However, over the years, we’ve started to see more realistic prosthetics, some of them even high-tech enough to almost mimic how a real body part works.

Now it seems that in the UK, an engineer named Steve Verze from Hackney is now the first person in the world to receive a 3D printed prosthetic eye. As you can see in the photo above, it is not necessarily obvious which eye has the prosthesis. This is thanks to the use of 3D printing which helps to create a more realistic appearance and can add a feeling of “depth” to the pupil.

This is in comparison to prosthetic eyes of the past, which are traditionally hand-painted and do not always look the same as the person’s actual eye. It can also take a while, around six weeks, to complete. It is also a slightly invasive procedure, but with 3D printing, all those concerns go away.

Not only can 3D printing help create a realistic prosthesis in a couple of hours, the technology can be used to scan the person’s eye socket to create a better fit, which is a less invasive procedure. In general, the process to finish, polish and adjust the eye is said to take 2 to 3 weeks, so almost half the time compared to traditional prosthetics.

According to Professor Mandeep Sagoo, Consultant Ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital and Professor of Ophthalmology at the NIHR Biomedical Research Center at Moorfields Eye Hospital and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, “We hope that the next clinical trial will provide us with strong evidence of the value of this new technology, demonstrating the difference it makes for patients. It clearly has the potential to reduce waiting lists. “

Filed in Doctor. Learn more about 3D printing and health. Source: moorfields.nhs.uk

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