Ophthalmology is a field in a continuous state of evolution as new technologies
improve current procedures, but also allow new therapies to be developed that
address disorders previously considered incurable. This project contains three
interrelated projects that will demonstrate near-term improved 3D stereoscopic
navigation procedures, longer-term biomechanical models for use in aiding
surgical treatments, and long term advanced surgical systems that will consider
WP 1 - Wireless Magnetic Intraocular Microrobots
This work package entails the development of sub-millimeter sized microrobotic
agents for use in ophthalmic surgery. The device's small size and wireless
actuation through magnetic fields enable it to be used for minimally invasive
procedures on the delicate structures of the eye.
WP 2 - Cornea Biomechanics
Procedures such as LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) often rely on
empirical data for determining parameters such as depth and location of the
incision, for each specific patient. This work package aims at better
understanding and modeling of the cornea to enable optimizing the visual
outcome of a procedure along with facilitating development of new techniques
such as corneal implants.
WP 3 - Advanced 3D Stereoscopic Navigation for Intraocular Treatment Procedures
Visualizations of the interior of the eye is often limited to monoscopic views
creating challenges in localization of features for retinal laser
photocoagulation as well as mobile microrobotic control. This work package
investigates advanced planning/navigation systems for proton beam radiotherapy
and stereoscopic imaging methods for providing better feedback to doctors.
Last update on 2009-05-19.