/British man gets world’s first 3D Printed Eye
British man gets world's first 3D printed eye

British man gets world’s first 3D Printed Eye

3D Printed Eye

A British man became the first patient in the world to be fitted with a 3D printed eye at the Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, reported CNN.

Steve Verze, 47, is an engineer at Hackney, East London. He received a left eye on Thursday, the first digital implant designed for a patient. It is very sensible compared to other methods and is designed to provide “clear meaning and real depth to the pupil”, according to the hospital.

The traditional artificial eye removal procedure may require mold removal of the eye socket, but digital printing only requires digital scanning of the eye socket to create a detailed image.

In a press conference, Verze said, “I’ve needed a prosthetic since I was 20, and I’ve always felt self-conscious about it.”

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Moorfields Eye Hospital noted that the procedure was less invasive and would take part of the time it would take to have an artificial eye implanted, from just six to two or three weeks.

Clinical trials of this success are soon to begin involving many patients. Professor Mandeep Sagoo, who leads the clinic at Moorfields Eye Hospital and is also a professor of ophthalmology and ocular oncology at University College London, expressed his delight at the new project, in the hope that “forthcoming clinical trial will provide us with robust evidence about the value of this new technology, showing what a difference it makes for patients.”

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