Novel Approaches To Optometry Therapeutics

Systems to deliver medication predictably over time are not new to Optometry. The novel research refers to approaches, formulations, technologies and systems to achieve the desired therapeutic effect.

Advances in ophthalmic drug delivery systems such as Punctal Plugs, Ocular Therapeutix, Mati therapeutics (QLT) and gel-forming drops can be breakthrough in ophthalmic research and advance drug delivery system to maximize the therapeutic effect of a particular drug. Topical combination of corticosteroid & anti-infective agents, Drugs used in the treatment of allergic conjunctivitis, Oral & topical non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents (NSAIDs) and Retinoblastoma chemotherapy are few developed formulation to treat ophthalmic diseases.

Ocular drug delivery has been a major challenge to pharmacologists and drug delivery scientists due to its unique anatomy and physiology. Static barriers, dynamic barriers and efflux pumps in conjunction pose a significant challenge for delivery of a drug alone or in a dosage form, especially to the posterior segment. The medical name for Squint is Strabismus. A squint is a condition where the eyes do not look together in the same direction. Whilst one eye looks straight ahead, the other eye turns to point inwards, outwards, upwards or downwards. Squints are common and affect about 1 in 20 children. Most squints develop before preschool age, usually by the time a child is 3 years old. Sometimes squints develop in older children, or in adults. Esotropia is the most common type of strabismus.

  • Ocular drug delivery
  • Molecular and cell-based approaches for neuroprotection in glaucoma
  • Correction of presbyopia with laser modification of the crystalline lens
  • Cellular volume responses to an anisotonic challenge
  • A binocular approach to treating amblyopia: antisuppression therapy
  • Drug-Induced Glaucoma

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