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New glaucoma treatment replaces the hassle of applying eyedrops daily

Published on Jun 3, 2014 6:14 PM

SINGAPORE - Eyedrops for glaucoma must be applied daily to keep the condition in check, something the elderly often forget.

But a new nanomedicine could make this problem a thing of the past.

Under the treatment, a drug contained in millions of tiny capsules is injected into the eyeball. These nanomedicine capsules slowly release their contents over six months, replacing the need for daily eyedrops.

The procedure is done under local anaesthetic, and has been carried out on a pilot group of six patients so far.

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