Preceyes | Accuracy and Precision | The new phase of micro surgery
14th September 2016Category : TechnologiesPublished by :Karthik Manohar Pillai Reading Time : 5 Minute News Sourced : Mumbai
Technology is changing in the blink of an eye. To speak of eyes, technology made a remarkable breakthrough in micro surgery of eyes. The incredible eye operation that took place in London marked the beginning of a new tomorrow where accuracy and precision of robots will outperform manual surgery. Surgeries are very crucial as even a small err may cost human life. While robotic-assisted surgeries are quite common, however, it was the first time ever used inside the human eye.
Mr. Bill Beaver, 70, a curate in Oxford, was the first to undergo a robot-assisted eye surgery. Prof Robert MacLaren from Oxford University led the successful procedure – the result – Mr. Beaver got his vision properly.
The main motive to involve robots in surgery began with the prerequisites of improving the consistency and accuracy in surgery. Preceyes that was used during the operation filtered out the hand tremors which are erratic under manual undertakings of a surgery. The precision of this device is between 1-10 micrometers which is much better than human hands (100-150 micrometers).
Preceyes, with a thin needle, a joystick, and a screen operates seamlessly in the human eye, controlling all its movements through a joystick and tracking down on the microscope. Preceyes is developed by a Dutch company. The presence of seven operational motors assists in filtering out the tremors of the human hand.
“I can see”, were the words of the excited parish priest who was diagnosed with the growth of a membrane inside the eye that created pressure destroying the central vision of his sight. The robotic arm clearly lifted the membrane that was one-hundredth of a millimeter thick which on the other hand would have created a haemorrhage by manual surgery.
This trial is a proof that robots can establish better accuracy in human eye surgical operations, creating a new phase in the healthcare industry. However, to ratify the accuracy of the robotic arm, 12 more surgeries are lined up in the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre – one of the several centres which are working hard on retinal gene therapy, a treatment to cure blindness.
Whilst accuracy and reliability is more concerned, cost effectiveness is another factor that will play a vital role in the developed as well as the developing countries. Whether the robotic micro surgery will be an effective proceeding still remains quizzical.