Needles, eyes, robots – Sound’s like fun!
Would you allow a robot to stick a needle in your eye? Soon you may actually prefer this to having an eye surgeon do it, thanks to a new innovation supported by Robotdalen in Västerås, Sweden. Patients suffering from an eye disease called AMD (Age-Related Macular Degeneration) experience a disturbance in their vision similar to this:
A certain fixed area is blacked out, and the disease may ultimately lead to permanent blindness. With a growing population of elderly people in the developed world, it is projected that in a few years some 196 million people will suffer from AMD. Until now, the only treatment available has been surgery using a syringe to administer the treatment, occasionally requiring several injections for the drug to successfully reach the right spot.
Despite the importance and high prevalence of this disease, there is, as of now, no effective treatment for AMD. At Smart Cocktail, we believe this precision task is a job for a robot. Especially since we can’t even imagine sticking a needle into somebody’s eye!