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Applications of three-dimensional printing in ophthalmology

Tsui, Jennifer KS; Bell, Stephen; Cruz, Lyndon da; Dick, Andrew D; Sagoo, Mandeep S; (2022) Applications of three-dimensional printing in ophthalmology. Survey of Ophthalmology , 67 (4) pp. 1287-1310. 10.1016/j.survophthal.2022.01.004. Green open access

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Abstract

Three-dimensional (3D) printing is increasingly used to produce customised objects and is a promising alternative to traditional manufacturing methods in diverse fields, such as dentistry and orthopaedics. Already in use in other medical specialities, adoption in ophthalmology has been limited to date. This review aims to provide an overview of 3D printing technology with respect to current and potential applications in ophthalmic practice. Medline, Embase and internet search were performed with "3D printing", "ophthalmology", "dentistry", "orthopaedics" and their synonyms used as main search terms. In addition, search terms related to clinical applications such as "surgery" and "implant" were employed. 3D printing has multiple applications in ophthalmology, including in diagnosis, surgery, prosthetics, medications and medical education. Within the past decade, researchers have produced 3D printed models of objects such as implants, prostheses, anatomical models and surgical simulators. Further development is necessary to generate optimal biomaterials for various applications, and the quality and long-term performance of 3D models needs to be validated.

Type: Article
Title: Applications of three-dimensional printing in ophthalmology
Location: United States
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.survophthal.2022.01.004
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.survophthal.2022.01.004
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Open Access article published under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) Licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Keywords: 3D printing, applications, diagnosis, medical education, medications, ophthalmology, surgery, three-dimensional printing
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Institute of Ophthalmology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10142856
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