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Implantation of a Novel Device Treats Dry Eyes

by Julia Samuel on January 27, 2015 at 11:30 AM

Implantation of a Novel Device Treats Dry Eyes
The recent therapies for dry eye like eye drops and cyclosporine are either difficult to manage or don't really fix the problem.

Certain conditions should be maintained while handling eye drops like refrigeration, so keeping them cold and handy is a challenge.
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Cyclosporine treats the inflammation and has a low rate of patient compliance. Oculeve, a company, which came out of the Stanford Biodesign program, has developed a tiny implant that may help a lot of people suffering from dry eye caused by a variety of underlying conditions.

The device electrically stimulates the lacrimal gland, the organ responsible for tear production. There's two versions of the device, one that is placed within the nasal cavity and the other is implanted under the skin above the eyelids.

The device, which can be controlled using a wireless interface, has already been in clinical trials in Australia, New Zealand, and Mexico toward getting European and Canadian approvals, and trials aimed at the FDA are already being planned.

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