In Britain, the technology of 3D printing of incredibly realistic eye prostheses has been developed
As a rule, in order to make an eye prosthesis, the shape of the eye socket is first “removed” and only then the prosthesis itself is manually created for it. However, this obviously outdated technology is being replaced by 3D printing, which copes with the task much faster and more accurately.
3D technology for manufacturing eye prostheses is a joint project of the German Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research and the British company Ocupeye.
At the first stage, a modified Tomey ophthalmic scanner is used to scan the patient’s empty eye socket to create a 3D computer model of the eye.
Steve Worth. Artificial eye – on the right
Then, based on it, the printer begins to print a prosthetic eye made of biocompatible materials, completely reproducing the color features of the natural organ. The last stage is polishing, after which the prosthesis looks practically no different from a real eye.
In the near future, the effectiveness of the new 3D technology will be tested on 40 patients of the London Moorfields Eye Clinic.