Moorfields patient receives world's first 3D printed eye
A Moorfields Eye Hospital patient will be the first person in the world to be supplied with a fully digitally created 3D printed eye. He first tried the eye on 11 November alongside a traditionally made acrylic prosthetic. He goes home on 25 November as the first person with this digitally scanned and printed prosthetic.
Steve Verze with his new 3D-printed prosthetic eye.
Steve Verze, an engineer in his 40s from Hackney, is the first to take a fully digital artificial eye home with him. “I’ve needed a prosthetic since I was 20, and I’ve always felt self-conscious about it. When I leave my home I often take a second glance in the mirror, and I’ve not liked what I’ve seen. This new eye looks fantastic and, being based on 3D digital printing technology, it’s only going to be better and better”, said Steve.
Every eye socket is unique. The current hand-painted process involves several steps in the manufacturing process and takes around six weeks to complete. With a printed prosthesis, the manufacturing time is cut in half.
Professor Mandeep Sagoo – clinical lead at Moorfields Eye Hospital for the trial of the new prosthetic eye and Professor of Ophthalmology and Ocular Oncology at UCL – said: “We are excited about the potential for this fully digital prosthetic eye. We hope the forthcoming clinical trial will provide us with robust evidence about the value of this new technology, showing what a difference it makes for patients. It clearly has the potential to reduce waiting lists.”
Professor Mandeep Sagoo, Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology
This project has been supported by us, alongside Moorfields Eye Charity through the generous philanthropy of the Drayson Foundation. Lord Drayson, a businessman and racing driver, was born with one eye and is a trustee of the Drayson Foundation.
Read the news item on the Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust website
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