Tiny microbot inserted in eyes can deliver medicine to treat AMD

Researchers are testing a new system which would deliver drugs to the eyes via tiny microbot inserted into the eyes of patients suffering from wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Currently, patients are subjected to frequent injections into the affected eye to treat the condition. This new device can be inserted into the eye with a needle and then maneuvered to the desired location with a electromagnetic system.

eyeThe microbot can remain in the eye for months which would allow for extended and targeted drug release. In addition, it can used to put into place a biodegradable drug capsule in the eye and then removed with a magnetic needle. While researchers have only tested the device in the eyes taken from pig cadavers, trials using living animals are planned to start soon.

Macular degeneration is a leading cause of vision loss in the elderly and this new device could provide hope for the thousands suffering from the condition.*

Elise Ervin
Staff Writer

Comments

  1. John R Ross says

    yes this article is helpful I have been to John Hopkins Wilmer eye clinic I have lost both lower parts of my eye vision the term is optic neuroscience (spelled wrong ?)
    also some increasing AMD. I don’t know if there’s any new way(s) to help me either. reading is tough because characters are missing when I read. nice article(s) maybe there is some hope for me
    yours truly
    John Ross

  2. Donald Hojnacki says

    It is welcoming to hear their might be some help for AMD. I have the monthly injections, which are very unpleasent and most expensive.

  3. ZELMA HAILE says

    I FOUND THIS INFORMATION VERY VALUABLE. I HAVE AMD AND AM ALWAYS HOPING, PRAYING AND LOOKING FOR HELP. IT IS A VERY DEBILITATING DISEASE AND IT CAUSES SO MUCH HARDSHIP ON OTHERS. I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN INDEPENDENT AND NOW THAT I CANNOT DRIVE, READ AND DO SIMPLE CHORES, IT IS VERY DISTURBING. THANK YOU FOR THE INFORMATION.

  4. Fred Chernes says

    I found this article evry interesting and that it be good news for pople with AMD. I hope I will be around to benefit
    from it.
    Fred Chernes

  5. Thank you for your continued updates regarding new methods for M.D. You provide hope where, until recently, there was none. Thank you.

  6. Sandra Waters says

    I’m wondering if there is any update for the Dry Macular Degeneration?

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