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In a latest development, British surgeons have carried out the world’s first robotic operation inside the eye potentially revolutionising the way vision conditions are treated.
The patient treated was Father WilliamBeaver, 70, an associate priest at St Mary the Virgin Church in Oxford. He said, his eyesight was returning following the procedure, having previously experienced distorted vision similar to looking in a hall of mirrors at a fairground.
The procedure was carried out by surgeons at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital. The robotic eye surgery trial involves 12 patients undergoing operations with increasing complexity .
On completing the operation, Professor Robert MacLaren said that they have just witnessed a vision of eye surgery in the future. Current technologywith laser scanners and microscopes allows doctors to monitor retinal diseases at the microscopic level, but robots do beyond human capabilities. It was the first time a device had been available that achieved the three-dimensional precision required to operate inside the human eye.