Eye surgery can be complex, lengthy and nebulous, since each patient’s eye socket is uniquely shaped. Now the Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s Industrial Centre (IC) is using a way to improve those conditions: 3D printing.
Founded in 1976, IC provides hands-on learning experiences to engineering and civil engineering students. IC also offers industrial and engineering support services to the community and local industrial companies on various fronts including infrastructure, energy and aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul.
3D printing helps visualize a patient’s missing orbital floor (left) versus original shape before impact (right).
“Ophthalmologists could benefit from the precision offered by 3D printing, creating accurate implants before an operation instead of having to manually adjust and test it during the operation.”
Dr. Martin Chung-ming Wong, Hong Kong Polytechnic University