A patient received the World's first 3D-printed eye

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A British man Steve Verze became the world's first patient to have a 3D printed prosthetic eye at Moorfields Eye Hospital.
Steve Verze's 3D printed prosthetic eye was made by digitally scanning the eye socket and creating a detailed image.
Then, the 3D images were sent to a 3D printing company in Germany for printing and finally shipped back to the UK for finishing by Moorfields ophthalmologists.

Photo credit: Moorfields Eye Hospital

Moorfields said that this 3D printed prosthetic eye had a more realistic appearance than traditional prosthetic eyes. 
In addition to looking more realistic, this new 3D printing process will provide the patients with a better experience.
Making the traditional prosthetic eye requires invasive molding that can be uncomfortable for younger patients.
While the new 3D printing process, it is only needed to scan the eye socket.

Photo credit: Moorfields Eye Hospital

Additionally, 3D printing has the potential to shorten the time to make prosthetic eyes.
Traditional prosthetic eyes are handmade and take about six weeks to complete.
But, using 3D printing technology, measuring the eye socket only takes half an hour.
Printing the prosthetic eye is controlled within two and a half hours, and then finishing,and installation takes only two to three weeks.
The shortened time will help reduce waiting lists for patients.

The significance of this achievement may be that it is the first time that a 3D printed prosthetic eye has been approved for human use.
It also reduces the degree of discomfort. Restoring the patient's face more accurately and effectively. Improving their self-esteem and quality of life.

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