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Now researchers, from Queensland University, have created a new therapeutic eye contact lens that can help people dealing with chronic eye injuries due to novel wound healing properties.
Researchers are looking into ways to treat eye injuries, potentially accelerating the healing process of severe corneal wounds.
The new therapeutic eye contact lens will operate as a bandage for your eye.
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics people experience more than 20,000 workplace injuries each year costing over $300 million a year of lost productivity. And also in accordance with the American Association for Ophthalmology and Strabismus 50% of the injuries happen in sports and recreational activities.
As stated by Professor Harkin, “Our therapy could provide welcome relief for patients suffering from chronic conditions such as corneal ulcers and persistent surface defects that haven’t responded to conventional therapies,” he continues, “The new treatment could also become useful as a part of the first-line therapy in the management of acute eye injuries experienced in the workplace or at home arising from exposure to caustic chemicals, scalding liquids or excessive heat.”
Professor Harkin and his team would like to find some ways to collect limbal mesenchymal stromal cells for the contact lenses.
[The biggest challenge right now for Harkin and his team is finding ways to collect and provide limbal mesenchymal stromal cells for the contact lenses. At the moment, the treatment for the bandages is prepared using amniotic membrane donated from human placentas. A process that is both expensive and not time effective], mentions interestingengineering.com.
Harkin hopes to have a “bank of well-characterized and tested donor L-MSC cells” available immediately to make the contact lenses a cost-effective solution for clinics.
This new idea looks promising and tempting, but it is still needed to realize more research for completing the deal before treatments can be issued to the public. However, these eye therapeutic contact lenses could be available in a couple of years.
Image credit: interestingengineering.com
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