These eye drops might replace your glasses. A new kind of eye drops called “NanoDrops” could be the first at-home procedure to treat refractive errors, like short-long-sightedness. The inventors of NanoDrops said the process is three-fold. First, a mobile app measures a patient’s eye refraction. Then, a laser etches a pattern on the surface of the cornea based on the eye refraction measurements. Finally, the patients apply the NanoDrops.
Professor Zeev Zalevsky stated, “These nanoparticles go into the shallow ablated patterns generated on the surface of the cornea. They change the refraction index inside of those patterns. This corrects the visual problem the user has.”
Researchers used NanoDrops to improve short-and-long-sightedness in pigs’ eyes in a lab. Clinical trials in humans are expected to start later in 2018. Researchers have disclosed “significant interest” in commercializing the product and procedure. If the product goes to market, it could be an easy alternative to laser eye surgery, but because it is so mild, patients would have to repeat the process every few months. Still, for people who wear glasses or corrective contacts, this could be an awesome alternative. Rather than having to rebuy them, you can simply get some drops in your eyes to see again.