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. It is an exciting new development project in partnership with the University of Leeds, which hopes to shape current practice in the UK. We are currently working with shareholders including the National Artificial Eye Service (NAES) and The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) to help evaluate this method of manufacture. 

Our manufacturing process has been developed over 8 years 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.

Currently we are only accepting patients referred from The National Artificial Eye Service. If you or someone you know would like to be involved, please either contact your current provider, or contact us here for more information.