Steve verze3D and fully digitally created “,” text “:” will be the first person in the world to receive a fully digitally created 3D printed eye “}}”>will be the first person in the world to receive a fully digitally created 3D printed eye, the Moorfields Biomedical Research Center said in a statement.
The use of 3D printing should halve the manufacturing times for this false eye – which is around six weeks at the moment – while making more realistic implants, he said.
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When I leave home, I often look at myself a second time in the mirror, and I don’t like what I see, he added.
This new eye, which he was able to try previously in November,
is fantastic, and […] it can only get better and better.
Current acrylic implants require first the creation of a mold of the eye socket, a heavy and invasive procedure, especially for children, who may require general anesthesia. They are then placed and painted.
With the 3D version, a simple scan of the eye is sufficient. Software builds a three-dimensional model, and the result is sent to a printer in Germany, which prints the eye in two and a half hours.
Faster to make, this false eye also looks more natural, because it lets light through to its full depth.
We hope that this clinical trial will provide us with strong evidence not only of the added value of this new technology, but also of the difference it makes for patients. This clearly has the potential to reduce waiting lists, commented Professor Mandeep Sagoo, ophthalmologist at the hospital.
According to Moorfields Eye Charity, more than eight million people around the world have ocular prostheses, fitted as a result of a deformity, illness or trauma. The organization points out that manufacturing techniques had changed little in 50 years.