“It sounds like a fairy tale, but it’s true.” It is August 2016 and Reverend Bill Beaver has just been operated on with a Preceyes eye surgery robot. “I can see!” A month earlier, his optician had noticed a membrane at the back of his right eye. The pressure had created a hole in his retina, leading to a total loss of central vision. “It was all very scary and I was afraid that I would lose my sight completely”- and so he seized the opportunity of an operation with both hands.

Reverend Beaver was the first patient to be treated with the aid of the Preceyes robot.

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Preceyes is a member of the Kadans community at Meulensteen House of Robotics at the TU/e Campus.