An Israeli ophthalmologist has developed new eye drops that he says can repair corneas, possibly making glasses unnecessary for some people with myopia (nearsightedness) and hyperopia (farsightedness).
Dr. David Smadja — with the Shaare Zedek Medical Center and Bar-Ilan University — tested the new patented “nanodrops” on pigs’ corneas and found they produced significant improvements in vision, the Jerusalem Post reports.
He now plans to test the drops in clinical trials to see if they work as well to improve vision in humans as in pigs.
Smadja’s findings were presented at a Shaare Zedek research conference, held in the Jerusalem medical center’s Steinberg Auditorium, attended by 350 physicians and nurses.Smadja, who developed the drops at Bar-Ilan University’s Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials, said they could revolutionize ophthalmological and optometry treatment of patients. The nanodrops may also be used to replace multifocal lenses so that people could see object from various distances, he said.“This is a new concept for correcting refractory problems,” Smadja added.