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The World’s First 3D Printed Eye is Given to a Man

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A patient in a hospital will be the first in the world to receive a 3D-printed prosthetic eye.

On Thursday, Steve Verze of Hackney, east London, will receive the eye at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London.

The eye is expected to be more lifelike than a standard acrylic prosthetic eye.

It will also shorten the time it takes to fit patients with prosthesis in half, from six to three weeks.

Mr Verze, who is in his 40s, said, “I’ve needed a prosthetic since I was 20, and I’ve always felt self-conscious about it.”

I typically take a second look in the mirror before leaving my house, and I don’t like what I see.

“This new eye looks wonderful, and because it’s made with 3D digital printing technology, it’ll only become better.”

A patient must undergo a two-hour session to sculpt their eye socket before the prosthesis is installed and painted in a typical prosthetic.

According to the hospital, the 3D printed prosthetic should cut the manufacturing process to two to three weeks, with the initial appointment requiring only half an hour.

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