Cataract surgery and lens implantation: Edited by Natalie AfshariRobotic technology in ophthalmic surgeryJeganathan, V Swetha Ea,b; Shah, Sunilc,d,e,fAuthor Information aCentre for Eye Research Australia, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia bSingapore Eye Research Institute, Singapore National Eye Centre, Singapore cMidland Eye Institute, Solihull, UK dHeart of England Foundation Trust, Birmingham, West Midlands, UK eOphthalmic Research Group, Aston University, Birmingham, UK fUniversity of Ulster, Belfast, Northern Ireland Correspondence to Dr V. Swetha E. Jeganathan, Centre for Eye Research Australia, University of Melbourne, Locked Bag 8, East Melbourne, VIC 8002, Australia Tel: +61 3 9929 8190; fax: +61 3 9929 8164; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Current Opinion in Ophthalmology: January 2010 - Volume 21 - Issue 1 - p 75-80 doi: 10.1097/ICU.0b013e328333371d Buy Metrics Abstract Purpose of review To provide an overview of the history, development, and potential applications of robotic technology, with a focus on ophthalmic surgery. An extensive literature review and authors' own perspectives were taken into account in selecting the most relevant articles from MEDLINE and Google scholar. Recent findings Most surgical specialties have introduced robots in current use. Although the application of robots in ophthalmic surgery is in its infancy today, its advantages and great potential is quite apparent. As robotics transcends utility and attain wider consensus among the surgical profession, ophthalmologists must acquaint themselves with this novel interdisciplinary field and its relevance to their specialty. Summary Future possibilities, including the prospects for nanotechnology in ophthalmology, are awaited. © 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.