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Emerging Technology in Eye Surgery

In this post we look at the eye surgery technology in the pipeline which will be used should it make the grade. Technology has played an integral and pivotal part in treating eye disorders, beginning with the humble magnifying glass, to implantable collamer lenses used to treat certain eye conditions today.

So let’s take a glimpse of the future;

Robots to Assist During Eye Surgery

Gerrit Naus of the Eindhoven University of Technology has been working on a project called the PRECEYES Surgical System. It involves using a robot to assist surgeons where precision is crucial. For eye surgery, accuracy cannot be overstated. Naus has collaborated with several surgeons to develop the project, and they are hoping to market the system in 2016.

Recently it has won an innovation award.

Naus said: “We are very happy with this recognition, which is an important endorsement by the European Society of Retina Specialists.

The fact that it’s awarded by the end users of the technology confirms that our innovation is really significant”

Current thinking is that precision is improved anywhere between 10 and 20 times.

Naus has several goals for PRECEYES including allowing surgeons to perform procedures they cannot do by hand.

Femtosecond Laser to Make Eyesight Five Times Better

The femtosecond (Intralase) laser is already in use at AVC to make the LASIK flap during LASIK eye surgery. The technology behind femtosecond lasers is currently under development and being revamped. Dr. Josef Bille, a pioneer physicist behind laser eye surgery in the early days, stated:

“There shouldn’t be any blind person ten years from now in the world,”

when interviewed by the Daily Express

Currently the physicist is perfecting a device using advanced femtosecond laser technology. It is so precise it is able to treat conditions such as cataracts without making an incision.

According to Dr. Bille, it can make eyesight perfect;

“It’s a treatment which can make every eye perfect. We call it perfect vision; twice as good as normal vision, so you see twice as much fine detail with much better contrast in varied lighting and weather conditions”

Currently there are only a few machines in existence, with each unit costing £250,000.

Helping Blind People to See

Although not strictly eye surgery technology, these amazing glasses under development deserve a mention. The Smart Glasses are a collaboration between the RNIB, Oxford University, and a grant from the Google Impact Challenge. According to research 90% of people registered blind have some form of light perception. The Smart Glasses use 3D cameras to render images using the little light a partially sighted sufferer can see.

The images are shown cartoon-style to the wearer on the lens of the glasses.

The technology is being trialled at the moment and so far is getting amazing feedback;

“I used to see faces as dark smudges, but now I can see your eyes, your mouth, your face!”

Another participant stated: “It’s a miracle!”

A trial use of the glasses by a 1000 people will happen this year.

Technology at AVC

At the moment we use the best state of the art technology at AVC. As new exciting technology comes on to the market, and it passes our rigorous quality control programmes, we will implement to make future treatments more effective.

How can AVC help your eyes?

If you would like to find out more about our range of vision correction treatments and the technology that underpins them, then why not call AVC TODAY on 0800 652 4878 and request your free information pack or book your consultation to find out how we can help you.

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Further Reading

Robots in Eye Surgery

Perfect Vision

Helping Blind People to See

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