Application of 3D Printing Technology in Scleral Cover Shell Prosthesis

  • Miguel Angel Sanchez-Tena
  • Cristina Alvarez-PeregrinaEmail author
  • Fabricio Santos-Arias
  • Cesar Villa-Collar
Education & Training
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Technological Innovations in Biomedical Training and Practice (TEEM 2018)


3D printing has a great and surprising number of uses in the field of medicine. Some of these uses are nowadays on a trial phase but others are becoming more common as 3D printing of prosthesis and implants. This study uses the most advanced technology in topography to get a 3D image of the anterior surface of the eye and explores how to use this information to get a scleral cover shell prosthesis by 3D printing techniques. The reliable results of the study could lead the way to new ways of fitting scleral cover shell prosthesis. Advance topography and 3D printing simplify the process and benefit patients avoiding the step of getting an ocular mold and reducing the number of visits to the eye care professional.


3D printing Topography Prosthesis Eye Sclera Cornea 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Biomedical and Health SciencesUniversidad Europea de MadridMadridSpain
  2. 2.School of Architecture, Engineering and DesignUniversidad Europea de MadridMadridSpain

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