Glaucoma patients can use the magnetic eye implants to treat the condition by draining the eye, but the existing technology rarely lasts more than a few years, credit to the accumulation of microorganisms that wreck the functionality. A Purdue-led team might have a smart technological solution, though: magnetism.
The group has developed a smart implant that cleans itself with microactuators that vibrate whenever you induce a magnetic field. It would not only be far more reliable but could be customizable as well.
The magnetic eye implants are also capable of changing its flow resistance. Unlike many other implants, One could simply tailor this device to specific people and keep it updated as the glaucoma changes over time. Glaucoma patients might experience a better eyesight for longer.
There’s no specific time yet when this tech could be seen in the field, but it’s more than just a lab project. Scientists are currently trying to patent the technology, and are hoping to find companies willing to license it.
If that comes this way, the new magnetic eye implants could become a go-to treatment for glaucoma patients who’ve otherwise had to settle for more temporary solutions.