New nanomedicine allows glaucoma patients to do away with daily eye drops
Scientists from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and the Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI) have jointly developed a new nanomedicine that will allow glaucoma patients to do away with daily eye drops.
Glaucoma is a disease which could lead to blindness. This new sustained-release drug therapy can provide months of relief to glaucoma patients with a single application, compared to just hours with today’s conventional eye drops.
The new therapy has successfully gone through a pilot study with six patients conducted at the Singapore National Eye Centre and has yielded exceptional results, having shown to be both safe and effective in the treatment of glaucoma.
A leading cause of blindness in the world especially for the elderly, glaucoma is caused by high intra-ocular pressure in the eye which then leads to damage to the optic nerve. Conventionally, the first line of treatment for glaucoma patients is the daily application of eye drops which can lower the high pressure in their eyes. This treatment is usually required for the rest of the patients’ lives as glaucoma is a chronic disease…..
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Source: News Medical