British Man Receives World’s First 3D Printed Eye

December 7, 2021 by No Comments

Good news! 47 year old engineer Steve Verze has become the first patient in the world to receive a custom 3D printed prosthetic eye. Traditionally a prosthetic eye is created by taking a mold of the eye socket, this 3D printed eye was done completely digitally. A digital scan was taken of Verze's eye socket and face to ensure that the new eye would be a perfect fit and a match for his right eye as well. He was then fitted for the prosthetic a month before creating the finished product in Germany and sending back to the UK.

Not only dies the 3D printing method offer a more realistic look, but it could also cut the development time in half - from the current six weeks to around 2 or 3. The realism of the eye is achieved by creating real depth to the pupil. Typical prosthetics are simply painted images on a disc. The 3D printing method allows for more creativity to achieve a natural looking alternative for the patient.

Clinical trials are expected shortly at Moorfields Eye Hospital, in the hopes to bring the approach to the masses.

Source: CNN