Discovery About Shape of the Eye Could Boost Effectiveness of Artificial Lenses Used in Cataract Surgery

March 5, 2013

Professor Barbara Pierscionek, the Associate Dean of Research and Enterprise at Kingston’s Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing, has devoted two decades to researching the biochemical, optical and mechanical properties of the eye’s lens.

Last week, Professor Pierscionek and her team announced research findings suggesting that the way proteins are distributed in the lens of the eye may cause its gradient to be stepped rather than smooth as previously thought. The findings could provide new insight into how the eye grows and lead to major improvements in synthetic lenses used in cataract surgery.

Presently, artificial replacement lenses do match the quality of the eye’s real lens. Professor Pierscionek’s research could help manufacturers close the gap and give patients better vision.

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