Adhesives and Eye Surgery? What is the Connection?

Researchers Develop Adhesive Hydrogel for Treating Corneal Perforation

Vision is the sense that allows us to appreciate how the world looks around us. Adhesives are playing a key role for reducing the recovery time from eye trauma.

Researchers from Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital Research Center (HMR) have developed LiQD Cornea for treating corneal ulcers and corneal perforations  without transplantation.    This research is great for many patients who are unable to undergo this operation due to a severe worldwide shortage of donor corneas.

Until now, patients on the waiting list have had their perforated corneas sealed with a medical-grade super glue, however this was only a short-term solution because it is often poorly tolerated in the eye, making transplantation necessary.

A synthetic, biocompatible and adhesive liquid hydrogel, LiQD Cornea, is applied as a liquid, but quickly adheres and gels within the corneal tissue. The LiQD Cornea promotes tissue regeneration, thus treating corneal perforations without the need for transplantation.

Cutting edge research allows for expanded medical uses for all types of adhesives.   We applaud this ground-breaking research and development and thrilled to see the use for adhesives outside the box.