ADVANCING THE STANDARDS OF OPHTHALMIC TREATMENT THROUGH ROBOTICS
At present, over 60 million people around the world suffer from treatable visual impairment, and could benefit from from eye surgery procedures. There is a worldwide shortage of qualified surgeons to meet this need. Through the development of robotic-assisted eye surgery, the potential exists to treat many of those who otherwise would not have access to surgery.
Dr Yan Jin (Reader, Robotics and Intelligent Manufacturing, Queen’s University), and Prof Johnny Moore (Medical Director, Cathedral Eye Clinic) are collaborating to advance the standards of ophthalmic treatment through robotics.
Advantages of Robot-Assisted Eye Surgery
Robot-assisted surgery can apply master-slave control method, enabling telesurgery, in which the surgeon can operate the surgery a distance away from the patient. Telesurgery is rather meaningful for remote places, or hazardous areas. Robot assistance has the potential to save operation time, and cost of eye surgery.