Polymers in Ophthalmology (Part 1)

Let’s talk about polymers in ophthalmology. It’s no secret that I’m fascinated by the various applications of polymers. I have also spent the last couple of years developing polymer-based formulations for back of the eye drug delivery for my PhD. Now, I was curious to find out where else polymer materials are used in and around the eye. I started with a quick search that turned into a week of reading, because it seems, polymers and eyes go really well together. To cover all the clinical applications (that I found), I decided to split this post into several parts. Here is part 1 dealing with Viscoelastic & Drug Delivery Formulations.

Scheme of the eye and all its parts
Figure 1. Scheme of the eye and its parts.

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What (else) are polymers?

plastic bottles

When they hear about polymers, most people think about plastics. Seemingly every grocery product is nowadays wrapped in a plastic foil, filled in a plastic bottle, or carried home using a plastic bag, and there is a growing awareness among consumers and government agencies of the environmental impact of plastics use.[1,2] Hence, it is understandable that many people have become wary of plastics, but I’m here to tell you that polymers come in many different shapes and sizes and can do much more than just litter the landscape.

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