New eyedrops could repair corneas, make glasses unneccessary

New eyedrops could repair corneas, make glasses unneccessary

A Shaare Zedek Medical Center and Bar-Ilan University ophthalmologist has invented and patented “nanodrops” which – when placed on pigs’ corneas – have produced improvements in short-sightedness and long-sightedness.

There are even ways to use nanodrops to replace multifocal lenses so that people could see object from various distances, he said.“This is a new concept for correcting refractory problems,” Smadja added.Patients would open an application on their smartphone, measure their eye refraction at home, create a laser pattern and then “laser corneal stamping” of an optical pattern onto the corneal surface of their eyes.

Drops with a synthetic nanoparticles solution can correct the vision problem.

The two were chosen from among 160 pieces of research that have been carried out by Shaare Zedek physicians and nurses in the last two years.

Each year, some 330 articles by the hospital staffers are published in medical and science journals.A few years ago, the Jerusalem hospital established Shaare Zedek Mada’it (Scientific) as a research and development company for hospital researchers, said Prof. Dan Turner, director of Shaare Zedek’s institute of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition and also research adviser to hospital director-general Prof. Jonathan Halevy.

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