London hospital to give man world’s first 3D printed ocular prosthesis


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A London hospital patient will become the first person in the world to have a 3D printed ocular prosthesis.

Steve Varze, of Hackney, will receive the eye Thursday at Moorfields Eye Hospital.

A 3D printed eye is more realistic than a traditional acrylic eye prosthesis.

Currently, patients undergo a two-hour session to mold their sockets, before the prosthesis is placed and painted. This process takes six weeks.

This new eye is fantastic and being based on 3D digital printing technology it will only get better.

However, the 3D-printed prosthesis is expected to cut the manufacturing process to two to three weeks, with the initial appointment taking just half an hour, Moorfields Eye Hospital said.

Mr Varze, an engineer in his forties, said he had always felt embarrassed about his prosthetic eye.

“I have needed a prosthesis since I was 20 and have always felt embarrassed about it,” he said.

“When I leave my house, I often take a second look in the mirror and I didn’t like what I saw.

“This new eye is fantastic and being based on 3D digital printing technology it will only get better. “

Professor Mandeep Sagoo, consultant ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital, said staff were “excited” by the potential of a fully digital ocular prosthesis.

He added: “We hope that the next clinical trial will provide us with strong evidence of the value of this new technology, showing the difference it makes for patients. It clearly has the potential to reduce waiting lists.


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