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New Technologies and Devices
To transform diagnosis and therapy for eye disease and to build next-generation devices through the exploitation of recent and ongoing advances in optics, laser and other technologies, informed by a deep and growing understanding of the pathogenesis of disease. 1. To explore the potential of novel and patented nanosecond laser system (2RT) in the treatment or prevention of macular diseases such as AMD, diabetic macular oedema and Sorsby’s fungus dystrophy by enhancing transport mechanisms in the outer retina. 2. To develop new technologies to probe progressive retinal changes in early macular disease and following novel treatments in particular the measurement of changes in rhodopsin concentration. 3. To lead in the evaluation and design iteration of retinal ‘bionic’ chip implants. 4. To explore the potential of novel interferometric techniques to accurately measure changes in elasticity in various components of the globe to minimise the effects of surgical intervention in the cornea and sclera with particular reference to refractive surgery. 5. To evaluate two new devices using microwaves and UV cross-linking approaches to artificially modulate collagen strength. These technologies will find wide-ranging application in conditions as diverse as corneal degeneration, refractive surgery and glaucoma. 6. To further develop and validate a novel technique to prevent posterior capsular opacification following cataract surgery with particular targeting of paediatric cataract surgery. 7. To facilitate surgical innovation through the development of novel surgical instruments and devices and to promulgate commercial exploitation subsequent to thorough assessment of the safety and efficacy.
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