SonoEye Device May Deliver Drugs to Eye to Treat AMD Without Injection

March 8, 2011

Researchers at the Centre for Eye Research in Australia are set to begin testing of the world’s first needleless device for delivering drugs to the eyeball without injections.

Called the SonoEye, the device uses ultrasound (instead of a needle) to propel medicine through the surface of the eye. The process is a relatively painless one that is over within minutes, and does not carry the same infection risk and need for anaesthetic that an injection does.

The device was developed by Dr Harry Unger, an Australian ophthalmologist.

Assuming further successful testing, the plan is to commence human trials involving patients suffering from AMD in 2012.

The SonoEye was recently the subject of an ABC News report.




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