A team of American scientists has developed contact lenses using a medication encapsulated in a thin polymer film, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Hospital reports.
In a study published online this week in the journal Ophthalmology, researchers show that the lenses are as effective as eye drops. in reducing eye pressure in glaucoma patients.
“We found that a lower-dose contact lens delivered the same amount of pressure reduction as the latanoprost drops,” said Joseph B. Ciolino, M.D., an ophthalmologist at Massachusetts Eye and Ear and an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School.
Drug-delivering contact lenses are not new. The difference is that the new lenses can deliver medication slowly, taking up to a month to release the drugs.
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