New eye implant "can treat inflammatory disease"

New eye implant "can treat inflammatory disease"

A new type of implant may help to treat eye inflammation, according to experts in the US.

Specialists at the Cole Eye Institute at Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, claim that the implant, which releases the drugdexamethasone, is a safe and effective treatment for certain types of uveitis, which is swelling and inflammation in the eye"s middle layer.

In a report published in a recent issue of Archives of Ophthalmology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals, the specialists say that the new method may be preferable to existing therapies for the condition, such as eye drops containing corticosteroids which are only effective for anterior uveitis.

"The study demonstrated that in patients with non-infectious intermediate or posterior uveitis, a single dose of the dexamethasone intravitreal implant was well tolerated and produced significant improvements in intraocular inflammation," he said.

It comes after Edmund Mickunas, vice-president of regulatory affairs at Advanced Cell Technology, said that it is important that the many sufferers of age-related macular degeneration throughout Europe are given the help they need to try and overcome the condition.

by Emily Tait

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