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Researcher Thijs Meenink Hopes to Replace Eye Surgeons with Robots

By: Omar Yusuf - Published: • References: tue.nl and gizmodo
Thijs Meenink, a PhD researcher at the Eindhoven University of Technology, is well aware of the risks involved in ophthalmic surgery -- a single millimetre is often the difference between permanent blindness and a successful procedure. In an attempt to streamline eye surgery and minimize the danger of malpractice, Meenink developed a remote surgery system that takes the place of humanoid doctors.

Although it may take some inspiration from other automated surgeons, the device built single-handedly by Meenink employs a unique master-slave dynamic between two separate machines. The surgeon controls one of the two modules, while the auxiliary filters out any nervous movements or hand tremors that might result in a botched procedure. So should the ophthalmologist suddenly twitch, the precise needle will analyze the movement and prevent the small tic from affecting the outcome! Thijs Meenink plans to defend his thesis today on Halloween and intends to commercialize the bot as soon as possible.