Israeli doctors may have developed “nanodrops” that could essentially replace eyeglasses. The eye-drops have already been tested on pigs and produced promising results. The human trials will apparently be conducted later this year.
Ophthalmologists at Israel’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center and Bar-Ilan University’s Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials may have invented “nanodrops” that could do away with the need to wear glasses. The patented eye-drops have already been tested on pigs’ corneas and produced promising results.
In the trials, the pigs’ short-sightedness and long-sightedness improved. The clinical trials on humans are expected to begin later this year. Dr. David Smadja, the lead researcher among the ophthalmologists, announced the breakthrough last month at Shaare Zedek Medical Center’s second biennial research day in Jerusalem. According to Smadja, if the human trials are successful, the nanodrops could eliminate the need for eyeglasses altogether.
“Eyes drops filled with synthetic nanoparticules [sic] have shown promising potential for a revolutionary alternative non-invasive correction of refractive errors,” Smadja said in a research abstract submitted to the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons.