The world's first 3D printed prosthetic eye is fitted to the patient
A patient from the Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in the United Kingdom has become the first person in the world to receive a 3D printed prosthetic eye.
According to Neowin, the 3D-printed prosthetic eye acts as a true biosampler, offering several advantages over traditional acrylic prostheses. The eye works to provide a more accurate representation with true depth and clearer definition to the pupil.
When compared to the traditional acrylic eye prosthetic process, 3D printing uses eye scans instead of invasive molding techniques that use empty eye sockets. Due to the difficulty of traditional acrylic restorations, this may require general anesthesia in children. However, the non-invasive measures of 3D printing avoid the use of anesthetics.
Another significant advantage of using 3D printing is efficiency and speed in the manufacturing process. While traditional acrylic prostheses can take around 6 weeks to complete due to the need to be painted by hand, 3D printed prostheses only take 2 to 3 weeks for the eye doctor to perfect, polish, and fit the prosthesis.
3D printed prosthetics are having a big impact on people's lives in many parts of the body.