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Abstract #106314 Published in IGR 23-3

Wireless theranostic smart contact lens for monitoring and control of intraocular pressure in glaucoma

Kim TY; Mok JW; Hong SH; Jeong SH; Choi H; Shin S; Joo CK; Hahn SK
Nature communications 2022; 13: 6801

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Glaucoma is one of the irreversible ocular diseases that can cause vision loss in some serious cases. Although Triggerfish has been commercialized for monitoring intraocular pressure in glaucoma, there is no smart contact lens to monitor intraocular pressure and take appropriate drug treatment in response to the intraocular pressure levels. Here, we report a precisely integrated theranostic smart contact lens with a sensitive gold hollow nanowire based intraocular pressure sensor, a flexible drug delivery system, wireless power and communication systems and an application specific integrated circuit chip for both monitoring and control of intraocular pressure in glaucoma. The gold hollow nanowire based intraocular pressure sensor shows high ocular strain sensitivity, chemical stability and biocompatibility. Furthermore, the flexible drug delivery system can be used for on-demand delivery of timolol for intraocular pressure control. Taken together, the intraocular pressure levels can be successfully monitored and controlled by the theranostic smart contact lens in glaucoma induced rabbits. This theranostic smart contact lens would be harnessed as a futuristic personal healthcare platform for glaucoma and other ocular diseases.

Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), 77 Cheongam-ro, Nam-gu, Pohang, Gyeongbuk, 37673, Korea.

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