Implementations of 3D printing in ophthalmology.

Authors:
Eytan Z Blumenthal
Eytan Z Blumenthal
Hadassah University Hospital

Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol 2019 Apr 16. Epub 2019 Apr 16.

Department of Ophthalmology, Rambam Health Care Campus, 9602, 31096, Haifa, Israel.

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to provide an in-depth understanding of how to best utilize 3D printing in medicine, and more particularly in ophthalmology in order to enhance the clinicians' ability to provide out-of-the-box solutions for unusual challenges that require patient personalization. In this review, we discuss the main applications of 3D printing for diseases of the anterior and posterior segments of the eye and discuss their current status and implementation. We aim to raise awareness among ophthalmologists and report current and future developments.

Methods: A computerized search from inception up to 2018 of the online electronic database PubMed was performed, using the following search strings: "3D," "printing," "ophthalmology," and "bioprinting." Additional data was extracted from relevant websites. The reference list in each relevant article was analyzed for additional relevant publications.

Results: 3D printing first appeared three decades ago. Nevertheless, the implementation and utilization of this technology in healthcare became prominent only in the last 5 years. 3D printing applications in ophthalmology are vast, including organ fabrication, medical devices, production of customized prosthetics, patient-tailored implants, and production of anatomical models for surgical planning and educational purposes.

Conclusions: The potential applications of 3D printing in ophthalmology are extensive. 3D printing enables cost-effective design and production of instruments that aid in early detection of common ocular conditions, diagnostic and therapeutic devices built specifically for individual patients, 3D-printed contact lenses and intraocular implants, models that assist in surgery planning and improve patient and medical staff education, and more. Advances in bioprinting appears to be the future of 3D printing in healthcare in general, and in ophthalmology in particular, with the emerging possibility of printing viable tissues and ultimately the creation of a functioning cornea, and later retina. It is expected that the various applications of 3D printing in ophthalmology will become part of mainstream medicine.

Download full-text PDF

Source
http://link.springer.com/10.1007/s00417-019-04312-3
Publisher Site
http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00417-019-04312-3DOI Listing
April 2019
6 Reads

Publication Analysis

Top Keywords

printing ophthalmology
12
applications printing
12
printing
9
ophthalmology
6
medical devices
4
devices production
4
production customized
4
customized prosthetics
4
fabrication medical
4
vast including
4
applications ophthalmology
4
printing applications
4
ophthalmology vast
4
prosthetics patient-tailored
4
including organ
4
organ fabrication
4
production anatomical
4
potential applications
4
purposesconclusions potential
4
ophthalmology extensive
4

References

(Supplied by CrossRef)
Article in Kardiochir Torakochirurgia Pol
H Dodziuk et al.
Kardiochir Torakochirurgia Pol 2016
Article in J Digit Imaging
NJ Mankovich et al.
J Digit Imaging 1990
Article in J Craniofac Surg
BL Eppley et al.
J Craniofac Surg 1998
Article in Biotechnol Adv
JU Pucci et al.
Biotechnol Adv 2017
Article in Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol
N Zhong et al.
Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol 2017
Article in J Interv Cardiol
I Abudayyeh et al.
J Interv Cardiol 2018
Article in Chest
GZ Cheng et al.
Chest 2016
Article in Ann Med Surg
DSC Soon et al.
Ann Med Surg 2016
Article in Orthop Surg
Z-J Liu et al.
Orthop Surg 2017
Article in J Foot Ankle Surg
JR Jastifer et al.
J Foot Ankle Surg 2017
Article in N Engl J Med
DA Zopf et al.
N Engl J Med 2013

Similar Publications