Robot Eye Surgeon

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 Robotic Eye Surgery - Oxford University Hospital


British surgeons have overseen a world first.  The world's first robotic operation inside the eye.  It just occurred at Oxford University Hospital.  Professor Mac Laren, who directed the robotic surgery with a joy stick, hailed it as a vision of the future of eye surgery.

20-20 Vision
Twelve patients were involved with the robotic surgery trial.  In the first part of the surgical trial, the robot was used to push membrane off the retina without damaging it.  The second phase of the trial will be how the robot can place a needle under the retina and inject fluid.  This could lead to gene therapy as a treatment for blindness.

Robotic-Human Partnerships for Cures
One patient Father William Beaver, a local priest in Oxford, had been experiencing distorted vision, which he described as looking through a hall of mirrors.  Following the procedure, he said his eyesight was returned without the distortion.

Exquisite Precision
Removing membrane tissue that is 100th of a millimeter thick from the retina is extremely delicate.  Up to now, surgeons have lowered their pulse rate and timed movements in-between their heartbeats to perform the surgery.. Experts believe the robot is a gamechanger.  It enables high-precision procedures far beyond the ability of the human hand.  It's robotic medicine on the cutting edge.