The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Leeds Artificial Eye Service

The Leeds Artificial Eye Service (LAES) specialises in the development and innovation of artificial eyes, utilising advancements in digital photography and maxillofacial prosthetic manufacturing.

LAES is an exciting new development project in partnership with the University of Leeds and York Trials Unit alongside our charity support partners The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and Blind Veterans UK.

Our manufacturing process has been developed by the chief maxillofacial prosthetist at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and refined by the Medical and Dental Illustration Unit. Advances in digital photography, colour calibration, inkjet printing, and laboratory fabrication have refined the process.

This represents a targeted technological step change in medical device design, manufacture and service delivery compared to the traditional hand painting approach. LAES aims to build foundations for future clinical and economic studies, refine manufacture techniques, and streamline the process for scaleable service delivery.

**LAES is currently undergoing a NIHR funded clinical trial and not accepting any referrals. If you or someone you know may be interested in volunteering for the trial, please speak with your ophthalmologist or GP**

If you would like more information on the clinical trial, please contact Mr. Timothy Zoltie by emailing