Contact lenses play the role of sterile dressing
Monday, February 11 2013 | 00 h 00 min | News
A new type of therapeutic soft contact lenses developed in Russia by Liomed could soon greatly contribute to healing eye burns.
The new lens would act like a unique dressing and could be applied immediately after the injury occurs. It consists of a hydro-gel base and absorbents (ion-exchange resins used in the pharmacology and food industries). Applied directly to the eye, the lens plays the double role of a sterile dressing and a medication, removing harmful substances and bacteria from the surface of the eye and the ocular cavity.
“Our lens can be directly applied onto the eye, and while the patient is still being transported to the hospital the lens would already be performing its function,” explains chemistry analyst Violetta Les.
The lens has undergone toxicology testing at the Research Institute of Physical-Chemical Medicine of the Russian Federal Medical-Biological Agency. Clinical trials are in progress. If these tests are conclusive, the lenses will be distributed to medical institutions, teams in the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations, and organizations in high-risk industries.