Londoner to receive first 3D printed prosthetic eye

The prosthesis will be made in just 2 and a half hours and will have a more natural appearance (Photo: REUTERS) (Yuri Maltsev /)

A London patient will become the first in the world on Thursday to be implant a 3D printed ocular prosthesis, informed the hospital of the British capital that carries out the operation.

Steve Verze “will be the first person in the world to receive a 3D printed eye created entirely digitally”Stated the Moorfields Biomedical Research Center in a statement.

The use of 3D printing you have to cut the prosthesis manufacturing process in half, which currently takes six weeks, the hospital specified.

I need a prosthesis since I was 20 years old, and I have always felt self-conscious about it”Explained Varze, a London engineer in quarantine. “When I leave home, I often look in the mirror and I don’t like what I see”He added. “This new eye”, which he was able to test in early November, “is fantastic and can only get better.”

Current acrylic implants require that previously a mold of the eye socket, a cumbersome procedure, especially for children, before placing and painting them.

Today’s acrylic implants require an eye socket mold to be previously made, a cumbersome procedure, especially for children, before placing and painting them (Andreas Kuehn /)

With the 3D version, a simple scan is enough. A computer program creates a three-dimensional model and the results are sent to a printer in Germany, which produces the eye in two and a half hours.

Faster to do, this fake eye also looks more natural, as it allows light to pass through its entire depth.

We hope that this clinical trial will provide us with solid evidence of the added value of this new technology. and the difference it makes to patients. It is clear that it has the potential to reduce waiting lists, ”said Professor Mandeep Sagoo, an ophthalmologist at the hospital.

According to the Moorfields Eye Charity, more than 8 million people around the world have a prosthetic eye due to deformation, disease or trauma. The organization notes that manufacturing techniques have changed little in the past 50 years.

(With information from AFP)


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