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Patient engagement by Eyes for Life engineering lead featured in Macular Society newsletter

Dr Christos Bergeles, Engineering Lead for the HealthEng Eyes for Life Flagship Programme, has been featured in Sideview – the quarterly newsletter from the Macular Society.

  • Dr Christos Bergeles, Engineering Lead for the HealthEng Eyes for Life Flagship Programme, has been featured in Sideview – the quarterly newsletter from the Macular Society.

    Dr Bergeles visited a Macular Society support group to gather patient feedback on the use of robotics in eye surgery.

    Novel cell-based therapies can be used to treat age-related macular degeneration by replacing damaged cells in the eye. This treatment is currently carried out with hand-held needles, which is restrictive and demanding for surgeons. With Professor Lyndon Da Cruz from Moorfields Eye Hospital, Dr Bergeles is developing a flexible robotic system to eliminate tremors in the surgeon’s hand and increase the accuracy and safety of ocular surgery.

    The patient group gave their feedback on how they felt about robotic surgery, and whether they would consider undergoing a procedure using the system. Patient consultation provides valuable insight into the accessibility of novel therapies and helps engineers and clinicians develop procedures that are acceptable for patients.

    Dr Bergeles said:

  • “It is important to gain an insight from patients themselves as they will be the ones undergoing surgery. If they are not happy with what is being developed we need to know now, so this can be addressed.”