According to the Moorfields Ophthalmology Clinic, Steve Verse became the first person in the world to have an eye printed on a 3D printer.

A resident of Great Britain became the first patient in the world to be implanted with a 3D-printed eye. This is reported by the Moorfields Ophthalmology Hospital in London. Patient Steve Verse, 47, an engineer in East London, received a printed left eye this week and checked the implant size in early November.

It is the first fully digital prosthetic eye designed for the patient. It is much more realistic than alternative implants. Other prosthetic eyes consist of a hand-drawn iris on a disc, which is then inserted into the orbit. In addition, the use of 3D printing makes the procedure less invasive for the patient. To create a traditional prosthesis, an orbit cast is required. And for 3D printing, the eye socket is scanned digitally.

After the three-dimensional image was sent to Germany for printing. The prosthesis was then polished and refined by specialists from the Moorfields Ophthalmology Clinic. Of course, such a prosthesis does not restore vision, but it looks much better than other options. And thanks to this, the patient feels better.

I have needed a prosthesis since I was 20, and I was always embarrassed about it. When I leave the house, I often take a quick glance in the mirror and I don’t like what I see. The new eye looks fantastic.

Steve Verse

Moorefields Eye Hospital said 3D printing could “halve” the time it takes to create a prosthetic eye – from one and a half months to two weeks. A hospital spokesman told CNN that clinical trials of the implants with more patients will begin soon.