Diamond Contact Lenses Fight Glaucoma
A significant step towards improve the management of glaucoma, researchers from the UCLA School of Dentistry have created a drug delivery system that may have less severe side effects than traditional glaucoma medication. It may also improve patients’ ability to comply with their prescribed treatments.
Nano diamonds are byproducts of conventional mining and refining processes, are approximately five nanometers in diameter and are shaped like tiny soccer balls. They can be used to bind a wide spectrum of a drug compounds and enable drugs to be released into the body over a long period of time. Previous studies have shown that they could also possibly be used to combat other diseases and disorders, which includes cancer and osteoporosis of the jaw.
Contact lenses are bound together with chemicals and nano diamonds that allow the drugs to be released into the eye when they interact with the patient’s tears.
Since its inception, it has shown great promise as a means for sustained glaucoma treatment and it may even improve the contact lenses’ durability.