Doctors from Oxford University have successfully completed the first eye surgery operated by a robot in which they had to remove a 1/1000th millimeter membrane covered a patient’s retina. The robot provides a tiny precise movement to remove a membrane and perform accurate operation inside the eye

Robot’s name is R2D2. The robot acts like a mechanical hand with seven independent computer-controlled motors resulting in movements as precise as 1000th of a millimeter in scale, stated by Oxford University.

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This new medical device can be controlled by a joystick and a touchscreen. It is able to operate precise surgeries inside the eye.  It has been developed by Preceyes and Nuffield Laboratory Ophthalmology at Oxford’s University. The process of developing it took more than one year and half. (Preceyes BV is a Dutch company specialized in manufacturing medical robots.)

It is noteworthy to mention that R2D2 is still under medical trials and that the device hasn’t gained government approval yet. Moreover, there still another part in which surgeon will try to “assess how the robot can place a fine needle under the retina and inject fluid through it.

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