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Students to practise foreign body removal using polymer eye

The polymer eye model eliminates concerns of cross-contamination and biological waste associated with traditional animal-based methods of learning

eye model
A biocompatible polymer eye has been developed to help students practise foreign body removal.

OcuBlink, an initiative from the Centre for Ocular Research & Education, has developed the model eye for use in training and educational settings.

The first order of the technology has been shipped to Illinois College of Optometry where it will be used by optometry students to gain confidence in foreign body removal.

The OcuBall avoids the challenges of cross-contamination and biological waste associated with traditional animal-based models.

It comes with carbon and mild steel particles inserted on the surface of the polymer to give students a safe, inexpensive and realistic way of practising foreign body removal.

The OcuBall can be stored in saline for several weeks without spoilage and has no odour.

OcuBlink chief executive officer, Hendrik Walther, shared that the OcuBall feels like a human eye.

“We are thrilled to share the development of a model that performs like a real human eye, giving students the opportunity to gain confidence in a situation they are likely to encounter in real life,” he said.

Image credit: Centre for Ocular Research & Education