It’s no news that science and technology have advanced so much and they have eaten deep into everything that we do everyday. They have roots buried from the simplest to the most complicated aspect of our activities. This is not the first time we’re hearing about surgical robots carrying out operations in the theatre but I could say, that this is the first time we’re having one this tiny work on someone.
Surgical robots are often big with different instruments attached to them, they’re quite complicated and expensive and so are impractical for small practices.
Axsis was created to perform cataract surgery. It has tiny, flexible, worm-like arms and it’s controlled by joysticks, these provide feedback. It also has an internal algorithmic autopilot which theoretically prevents the surgeon piloting it from making inexcusable mistakes. This robot can also be useful in other procedures in which great dexterity is required.
Cataract surgery is the removal of the natural lens of the eye (also called “crystalline lens”) that has developed an opacification, which is referred to as a cataract. Metabolic changes of the crystalline lens fibers over time lead to the development of the cataract and loss of transparency, causing impairment or loss of vision.