A group of scientists and engineers working out of Purdue University in Indiana have come up with a high-tech glaucoma implant concept that is designed to increase the effectiveness at which pressure caused by fluid buildup in the eyes can be relieved.
There are currently several kinds of glaucoma implants available that aim to reduce so-called intraocular pressure by draining fluid from the eye, but the fact of the matter is that many of these products don't work over the long term because their ability to drain fluid reduces over time.
This is where the magnetic glaucoma implants come in. These particular implants are equipped with nickel actuators that vibrate to shake off the materials that can clog the implant, ensuring that they get drained along with the unwanted fluid.
With the Purdue University innovators set to team up with commercial partners to bring the invention to market, these glaucoma implants exemplify how innovations can transcend their laboratory beginnings and enter commercialization.