Friday, September 16, 2016

Preceyes enables world first robot-assisted eye surgery

The world first robot-assisted operation inside the eye has been performed by surgeons at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital using the PRECEYES Surgical System.

Robert MacLaren, Professor of Ophthalmology, used the PRECEYES Surgical System to initiate a membrane peel, a standard procedure that is performed over 0,5 million times annually. Preceyes’ high-precision robot assisted in lifting the membrane of micrometer thickness, a task that demands the highest level of skill and experience from the surgeon. This is the first patient ever to undergo this procedure with robotic assistance.

Robot-assisted surgery have become commonplace over the last decade. However, never before has a robot been used to operate inside the eye for which even higher levels of control and precision are required. The PRECEYES Surgical System enables to execute the most delicate surgical tasks with an unprecedented level of control and precision. The technology promises to improve the safety and performance of existing ocular surgery as well as to enable new treatments, for example high-precision drug delivery.

Preceyes and the team at the University of Oxford’s Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology have worked together to enable this landmark clinical trial. The trial is funded by the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre with support from Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital. The clinical trial sponsored by the University of Oxford is assessing the robotic system to perform new gene therapy operations, which are currently under development and require ultra-precise surgery under the fovea. This has resulted in the world first robotic surgery inside the human eye.

Marc de Smet, MD,  Chief Medical Officer of Preceyes said: “This is the culmination of 10 years of work. Our initial aim is to push the limits of eye surgery and facilitate current procedures. The ease with which Professor MacLaren carried out the operation is a major step and a clear validation of our technology and the benefits of robotic assistance.”

Robert MacLaren said: “There is no doubt in my mind that we have just witnessed a vision of eye surgery in the future. We can certainly improve on the current operations, but I very much hope that we can also do new operations that currently we can’t do with the human hand. With a robotic system, we open up a whole new chapter of eye operations that currently cannot be performed. We can now do them with the robot.”
Further information
BBC News
Robot operates inside eye in world first

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