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Londoner has the world's first 3D printed eye

Londoner has the world’s first 3D printed eye

London is set to become the first person in the world to have an eye prosthesis fitted to a patient 3D printer, Pointed out the hospital in the British capital where the intervention was taking place.

Steve Verse said he was “the first person in the world to receive a fully printed, 3D printed eye”. Moorfields Biomedical Research Center In a press release.

Reduce production time by half

The use of 3D printing should halve the production time of this counterfeit Eye, Currently about six weeks, while making the most realistic implants, he said.

Steve Wears, a 40-year-old London-based engineer, said: “I have had a prosthesis since I was 20 years old.

“When I leave the house, I often look at myself a second time in the mirror and I don’t like what I see,” he added. “This new eye”, he was able to try in November, “wonderful and (…) things get better and better”.

In the 3D version, a simple scan of the eye is sufficient

Current acrylic implants first require mold formation of the eye socket, a heavy and invasive procedure, especially for children requiring general anesthesia. Then they are placed and painted.

In the 3D version, a simple scan of the eye is sufficient. The software creates a three-dimensional model that is then sent to a printer Germany, Which prints the eye in two and a half hours.

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An artificial with a very natural look

Quickly craft, this fake eye looks More natural Because it allows light to pass through its entire depth.

“We hope this clinical trial will provide us with strong evidence of the added value of this new technology and the difference it makes to patients. It clearly has the potential to reduce the waiting list,” said Professor Mandeep Saku, the hospital’s ophthalmologist.

According to the Moorfields Eye Foundation, more than 8 million people worldwide have an eye prosthesis as a result of a defect, disease or trauma. The organization emphasizes that production techniques have changed little by little over the past fifty years.