University of East Anglia researchers make progress towards 3D printing intraocular lenses

Lead author, Dr Aram Saeed, says it is the first time a resin has been created that can be used to print ocular devices directly

The torso of a person wearing a white lab coat and blue medical gloves is shown. In their gloves, they hold a clear petri dish with an intraocular lens, which resembles the shape of a backwards
Aram Saeed

Scientists from the University of East Anglia have developed a resin that can be used for 3D printing intraocular devices (IOLs).

Describing their efforts in Current Eye Research, researchers highlighted that they had d used 3D printing to create a proof-of-concept clear lens design.

“This process has the potential to contribute toward new lens development, allowing for unlimited design iterations and an expanded range of materials for scientists to explore,” the study authors highlighted.

Lead author, Dr Aram Saeed, shared: “For the first time, we have developed a resin that can be used to print ocular devices directly.”

He observed that 3D printing has the potential to improve the speed and precision of manufacturing ocular devices.

“Our proof-of-concept paper is the first in a series that will detail our developments in this area and set the stage for transforming eye care practices globally,” he said.

The technology has been awarded a US patent, and the researchers are continuing to work with industry partners to refine the technology.

Mr Anas Injarie, a consultant ophthalmologist at Norwich and Norfolk University Hospital, shared that the innovation has the potential to enable the production of lenses that match patient specifications in design and optical performance.

“For premium markets, it represents an exciting possibility to provide tailored treatments that could enhance patient satisfaction and surgical success,” he said.