Recent 3D printing breakthroughs are opening doors for better eye care services.
FERMONT, CA: Medical 3D printing has become an essential component of medical technology. This brings great excitement to the medical field. Today, with the advent of 3D printing, it is feasible and almost easy to deliver personalized medical care solutions. As anyone could expect, 3D printing technologies have now grown to include ophthalmology. Scientists and experts in medical technology have already introduced 3D printing-enabled eye care products and solutions. Today, 3D printed optometry tools are increasingly common.
Many contact lens wearers today use products made from mass-produced soft lenses to match a typical shape of the eye. It is now time to imagine a world in which contact lenses are fully adapted to the eye shape of the patient. A map of the eye is created using modern advanced imaging techniques, based on which a 3D image can be produced. Imaging tools can create an eye 3D model and then make a custom-designed contact lens with a 3D printer for that eye model. Contact lenses are designed to improve vision and comfort.
Another core area that innovates with the use of 3D printing is eyeglasses. Glasses are the core of ophthalmology, with a limited business being its frames. But the range of eyewear is based on what has been developed and manufactured. This wall is knocking on 3D printing. 3D printing brings flexibility, customization, and uniqueness in the buying frame model. The potential of 3D printing is not only to build frames based on existing standards but also frames that are actually in the minds of customers. The technology is giving the message that options are possible to the eyeglass industry.
Scientists also printed thin protective film over the eye, the cornea, in addition to the innovations happening in the eye-ware field. It is still considered to be the most advanced version of the artificial cornea, allowing millions of people to see again. The damaged corneas have been replaced by healthy ones so far. This new 3D printed cornea can reduce the need for cornea donations. Medical practitioners may print artificial corneas instead of replacing damaged corneas with healthy ones.
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