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UK Hospital Pioneers New Era with World’s First Robotic Eye Surgery on Priest


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The John Radcliffe Hospital is the main teaching hospital for Oxford University and Oxford Brookes University with a well-developed centre of medical research. Also incorporating the Medical School of the University of Oxford, it was named after John Radcliffe, an 18th-century physician who graduated from Oxford University. (John Radcliff Center)

Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital has created world record conducting the first ever robotic eye surgery in the world and the operation was successfully performed on Father William Beaver, 70, an associate priest at St Mary the Virgin Church in Oxford. The priest had been experiencing blurred vision, something he described like “looking in a hall of mirrors at a fairground”.

Now feeling relaxed, Father Beaver has become the first person in the world to benefit from the robotic eye surgery that is bound to revolutionise the treatment of eyes, an area that ha sbeen increasingly getting robitized with digital eye-screening already in vogue.

Current technology with laser scanners and microscopes is already allowing the surgeons and doctors to monitor retinal diseases at the microscopic level, but things beyond the physiological limit of what the human hand can operate on is now becoming a reality, said surgeons who had supervised the historic operation.

Prof. Robert MacLaren, who has supervised the surgery, said: “We have just witnessed a vision of eye surgery in the future… With a robotic system, we open up a whole new chapter of eye operations that currently cannot be performed.”

The modus operandi was more like playing a video game for surgeons using a joystick and touchscreen outside the eye to control the robot while monitoring its progress through a microscope. The medics were making significant movements with the joystick but in reality the robot is making tiny movements, making it less hazardous to conduct the operation.

This is also the first time a device has achieved the three-dimensional precision to operate inside the sensitive human eye, said surgeons at Radcliffe.


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