Patented ocular device that optimizes the accuracy of retinal detachment surgical operations, reducing risks and improving patient well-being
A research group of the Center of Biomedical Technology (CTB) at the Technical University of Madrid (UPM) has developed an innovative solution to improve the efficiency of the retinal detachment surgery, both potential medical costs resulting from the treatment and patients welfare, in collaboration with researchers and doctors of University Hospital Ramón y Cajal, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and the Biomedical Research Networking center in Bioengineering, Biomaterials and Nanomedicine. Applying nanotechnology in the field of biomedicine, this patented device has already been successfully tested in animals with a success rate over 80%, proving the expected benefits in terms of reducing the likelihood of new surgical operations, side effects and post-surgical recovery time. The global market for ophthalmologic surgical equipment is expected to increase to 7.300 M€ in 2014, an average compound annual growth rate of 6% during the last few years.
This solution provides a magnetic ocular implant, a ferrofluid and a methodology for using in the retinal detachment treatment and other eye disorders. Magnetic nanoparticles, wich remain in suspension in this ferrofluid, are used as a tamponade agent after their intraocular injection and location in the outer layer of the eye through magnetic field.
The appropriate dosage and introduction of ferrofluid, which interacts magnetically with the implant, allows a more reliable and adequate arrangement of the retina after its detachment, reducing risk of side effects and additional operations and shortening the post-surgical recovery time.
"A new worlwide ocular device applying nanotechnologies to improve both retinal detachment surgery performance and patient welfare"
“Ophthalmologic procedures require millimeter precision and are needed for real advances in the surgical equipment… a healthcare industry that would reach 7.300 M€ in 2014”
Ophtalmologic Kit UPM contact
José Javier Serrano Olmedo
Center of Biomedical Technology (CTB) - UPM
Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship Area
Centre of Support for Technological Innovation - UPM