The antibacterial agent ciprofloxacin suspended in a biodegradable polymer, which can be inserted into a contact lens. Photo credit: MIT, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Children's Hospital, Boston
Eye-drops may be a simple way of medicating the eye, but patients don't always get the right dose at the right time. Eyenovations has developed contact lenses that can deliver drugs to the eye in measured doses for a month or longer. The start-up company’s initial focus is developing a lens to help glaucoma patients. However, it believes the technology can be used to help other eye conditions and deliver antibiotics following surgery.