The Dubliner is the latest in a long line of Irish tech stars who’ve found their way into the big time with eye prostheses, which are used to augment vision, in a bid to help patients with vision problems.
The ophthalmology assistant is one of those.
Mr O’Leary’s ocular prosthesis, which was built by the company Ophthalmology Associates, is based on a custom-designed technology called Optically-Fabricated Contact Lens.
It has a transparent layer that makes the wearer’s vision appear more real.
It also lets a person look in the mirror without having to worry about it getting stuck in a dark corner of the room.
“I don’t think anyone would have believed me, I think it’s the first time anyone has ever thought about this,” said Ophthalmology Assistant Mr O’Donnell.
“It’s been a very long journey, I’ve had two surgeries and three operations to get my eye prosthetic, I’m actually in the process of doing a fourth operation.”
Mr O-Leary’s eye prosthesised with Optically Fabricated contact lens.
“To me, it’s like a real eye prosthetist.
It’s actually a very real, very sophisticated prosthetic,” he said.”
The lenses are made of transparent plastic that you can feel through, it has a very fine coating to it and it allows you to feel a lot of light and to really see.”
Mr Kelly’s eye had a similar design.
It is made of a flexible material called Acrylic Nano-Fibers, and the device uses them to capture light and direct it towards the wearer, allowing them to see in the dark.
“That was the first thing I had to do,” Mr Kelly said.
Mr Kelly is one eye prosthete.
He started his journey with a prosthetic eye in the early 1990s and has now been able to work for almost 20 years, from being the assistant to becoming a professor at the University of Dublin.
“We started with the implant, which is now in the shape of my right eye,” he explained.
“At that time, the implant was very advanced and we were able to do a lot with it.”
But the implant had to be removed after three months and I had another one in my right arm which was in the form of a glass tube, so I couldn’t go back to work.
“Then I had my first operation, which I think was in 2009.”
So I had surgery to put in the implant.
“It took me seven months, and I was in a wheelchair for the rest of that time.”
And then I had the second operation in 2011 which was a titanium implant and a titanium lens, so it was an expensive process.
“After that, I was able to get to work on my vision.”‘
We are very proud of our work’The Ophthalmic Assistant, who is based in Dublin, said he has had a lot to be proud of.
“For the first three or four years I was a pretty good ophthalmic assistant.”
You know what I mean?
I was doing everything from getting the patient out of bed to putting on their glasses and then when I was getting to the end of my career, it was just like a life of work, so there was a lot going on and I couldn�t stop.
“When I went back into the workforce, it meant a lot more.”
Because of my work I have a lot in common with the people who are doing this now.
“Mr Egan’s eye is made out of titanium.
He has worked for almost 30 years as a surgeon.”
A lot of people in this country, I know, are working on prostheses,” he added.”
These are people who have had surgery and their eyesight has deteriorated, so they’re in a lot worse shape than I am.
“They’re not in a position to be working as doctors, and they don’t have the training, and that’s where we come in.”
Working on prosthetic eyes has been very rewarding.
“The Ocular Assistant is one in a number of companies that have tried to bring a high tech eye prosthetics to Ireland.”
Ophthalmology has had this amazing leap forward in the last 10 years, it hasn’t been easy for people to get the technology out there and the market has been a little bit slow,” said Mr O�Leary.”
This is the way to go.
“If you have an opportunity to be part of something that you think will improve people�s lives, to be able to have a good experience, and to be seen in the public eye as a professional, that’s something that I’m very proud to be a part of.”
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