Researchers Announce New Class of Smart Prosthetic Implants to Provide Oxygen to Retinal Tissue
March 19, 2009
It was announced today on the Insciences Organization website that researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the University of Southern California and the University of Tennessee are developing a procedure that might prevent blindness in millions of people with diseases such as diabetic retionpathy that starve eye tissue and nerves of oxygen.
As described by lead researcher, Dr. Elias Greenbaum, the procedure involves surgically implanting a feedback-controlled three-electrode electrolysis system that stimulates production of oxygen near the retina. The electrodes provide small amounts of current in very short pulses – about 200 microseconds. This results in a rapid production of oxygen and suppressed production of chlorine, which is potentially harmful.
Animal studies of the procedure are underway.
Read the full story on the Insciences Organization website.
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