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A perfluoropolyether corneal inlay for the correction of refractive error

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Title
A perfluoropolyether corneal inlay for the correction of refractive error
Abstract

This study assessed the long-term biological response of a perfluoropolyether-based polymer developed as a corneal inlay to correct refractive error. The polymer formulation met chemical and physical specifications and was non-cytotoxic when tested using standard in vitro techniques. It was cast into small microporous membranes that were implanted as inlays into corneas of rabbits (n = 5) and unsighted humans (n = 5 + 1 surgical control) which were monitored for up to 23 and 48 months respectively. Overall, the inlays were well tolerated during study period with the corneas remaining clear and holding a normal tear film and with no increased vascularisation or redness recorded. Inlays in three human corneas continued past 48 months without sequelae. Inlays in two human corneas were removed early due to small, focal erosions developing 5 and 24 months post-implantation. Polymer inlays maintained their integrity and corneal position for the study duration although the optical clarity of the inlays reduced slowly with time. Inlays induced corneal curvature changes in human subjects that showed stability with time and the refractive effect was reversed when the inlay was removed. Outcomes showed the potential of a perfluoropolyether inlay as a biologically acceptable corneal implant with which to provide stable correction of refractive error.

Keywords
Ophthalmology; Cornea; Biocompatibility; In vivo test; Fluoropolymer
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Database: Elsevier - ScienceDirect
Journal: Biomaterials - Volume 32, Issue 12, April 2011, Pages 3158–3165
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Physical Sciences and Engineering Chemical Engineering Bioengineering
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