When prosthetics were first developed by eye specialist, they have not necessarily intended to be a perfect replica of a real human body part. The majority of them have created with functionality in mind, which is understandable. Although we’ve seen more lifelike prosthetics in the past few years. And some of them are even high-tech enough to practically imitate the way an actual body part functions.
Now, it appears that an engineer by the name of Steve Verze from Hackney, England, has been the world’s first person to receive a 3D printed prosthetic eye, according to recent reports. In the shot above, it is not always evident which eye has the prosthesis in it. Because you can see from the perspective of the subject. This has made possible through the use of 3D printing. Which helps to give the pupil a more realistic appearance while also providing a sensation of “depth.”
This is in contrast to previous generations of prosthetic eyes, which have usually hand-painted and didn’t always look exactly like the person’s natural eye. It can also take a long time to finish, up to six weeks in some cases. It is also a somewhat invasive technique, but thanks to 3D printing, all of those fears are no longer valid.
3D Realistic Prosthetic Printing
Not only can 3D printing be used to build a realistic prosthetic in a matter of hours. But it can also used to scan the person’s eye socket in order to create a better fit, which is a less intrusive approach than traditional surgery. Overall, including the process to complete, polish, and fit the eye. It has estimated that it will take 2-3 weeks, which has nearly half the time required for standard prosthetic eyes.
“We hope that the forthcoming eye specialist clinical trial will provide us with robust evidence about the value of this new technology. It’s showing what a difference it makes for patients,” says Professor Mandeep Sagoo, consultant ophthalmologist and eye specialist at Moorfields Eye Hospital. And he’s also professor of ophthalmology at the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at Moorfields Eye Hospital. And also at the University College London Institute of Ophthalmology. “There is no doubt that it has the ability to cut waiting lines.”