Robotic Eye Surgery: Past, Present, and Future
- *Corresponding Author:
- Jean-Pierre Hubschman
Jules Stein Eye Institute
100 Stein Plaza, Los Angeles
CA 90095-7000, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: February 04, 2012; Accepted Date: May 16, 2012; Published Date: May 19, 2012
Citation: Pitcher JD, Wilson JT, Tsao TC, Schwartz SD, Hubschman JP (2012) Robotic Eye Surgery: Past, Present, and Future. J Comput Sci Syst Biol S3:001. doi:10.4172/jcsb.S3-001
Copyright: © 2012 Pitcher JD, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License,which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Purpose: To review past attempts, current innovations, and future goals of robotic eye surgery. Methods: A Medline literature search using the words “robot” and “ophthalmology” was performed to identify all relevant literature. Pertinent articles were reviewed and content summarized based on context. Results: Purported potential benefits of robotic-assisted eye surgery include improved precision, reduced tremor, amplified scale of motion, and the potential of automation and telesurgical operation. Several investigators have created devices capable of performing individual intraocular tasks, and efforts are underway to develop platforms designed to allow completion of entire ophthalmic procedures. Conclusion: Although obstacles such as cost and availability exist, prior successes and future benefits of robotic eye surgery are promising reasons for the continuation of research efforts.