05.10.2010

"Hydrating" contact lens scoops industry prize

"Hydrating" contact lens scoops industry prize

By Adrian Galbreth

An industry prize has been won by a hydrating contact lens for showing innovation in the eyecare field.

The $10,000 (£6,200) grand prize in the BMEStart competition was awarded to North Carolina State University for their HydrEYE CorneOasis Contact Lens.

In order to be eligible to win the prize, students must solve pressing and interesting issues in medical device design, though the award is restricted to undergraduate students.

"The product description states that the device is meant for patients with traumatic brain injury, presumably to make it easier for nurses to care [for] the eyes of comatose patients. We could also see it being useful for patients with facial nerve disorders," Med Gadget reported.

In other research news, Allergan has announced that the US Food and Drug Administration has approved its Ozurdex formula for the treatment of non-infectious ocular inflammation, or uveitis, which affects the posterior segment of the eye.

by Emily Tait


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