For patients suffering from blinding retinal diseases like diabetic macular edema, the only treatment options they currently have are surgery or injections.
But Icelandic researchers may have developed a third, non-invasive option: revolutionary eye drops.
Unlike conventional eye drops, these new drops are able to pass through the protective lipid layer of the eye and reach the retina. The drug contained in the eye drops "hide" in the "cylinder" that is created by the nanoparticles in the drops. The drug is able to reach the back of the eye once the cylinder dissolves.
This promising new therapy is currently undergoing clinical trials and has been delivering good results thus far. Researchers hope that these drops will be available to patients in the near future.