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Man Receives First 3D Printed Prosthetic Eye

The process reduces the lead time for patients to be fitted for prosthetic eyes in half, from six to three weeks.


In recent years, 3D printing has become more commonplace in the medical device industry. The speed, convenience and ability for customization make it ideal for custom prosthetics. A recent BBC article discussed a new first in the world of 3D printing: a human eye more realistic than the traditional acrylic prosthetics. Steve Verze, a London man in his mid-40s, was the recipient of the first eye prosthetic.

Traditional eye prosthetics require a two-hour session where the patient’s eye socket is moulded. Then the eye implant is custom fitted and painted. The new 3D printed process is much quicker, requiring just 30 minutes for an initial appointment, and 2-3 weeks for manufacturing. Overall, the lead time with the new process is reduced from 6 to 3 weeks.

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