News Exercise #155

1. What synonym did the reporter use for the surgery room?
2. Is this the first robot-assisted operation?
3. Why is this process better than the human hand?
4. How thick is the membrane that was removed?
5. According to the reporter, what is the most common cause of blindness in the developed world?

Answers
1. What synonym did the reporter use for the surgery room?
“Theatre (theater)”, said at 0:27
2. Is this the first robot-assisted operation?
No, it is the first to operate inside the eye. Robot-assisted operations are common.
3. Why is this process better than the human hand?
The computer compensates for hand tremor.
4. How thick is the membrane that was removed?
It was a hundredth of a millimetre (1/100mm) thick.
5. According to the reporter, what is the most common cause of blindness in the developed world?
Retinal diseases (the plural is used to show that there are more more than one kind)

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