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1 Optical Prosthetics Technology Mimicking the Eye

2 Parts of the Eye The parts of the eye we are covering are: The Cornea The Iris The Lens

3 Index of Refraction of the Eye To be used as a reference. Cornea—1.376 Aqueous humor— Lens—Ranges from in the outer layers to at the center. Vitreous body— 1.337

4 The Cornea and its Functions The cornea is the outermost layer of the eye and provides the main curvature. Properties of the cornea Index of Refraction of Consists of three layers: Epithelium—Similar to the epidermis of our skin. Stroma—Highly organized collagen. Endothelium—Maintains water balance and transparency.

5 How the Cornea is Lost Two main ways a person can lose their cornea. Damage caused by disease (affects 10 million people worldwide). Physical injury. Currently today, most cases are solved by sugically implanting a donor’s cornea. However, there are some cases where implants are rejected and won’t suffice…

6 Growing a Cornea In 2003, the University of Ottawa managed to grow a pig’s cornea in partially blind pigs by implanting a “scaffold” of plastic and protein where the cornea will grow.

7 Artificial Corneas Rather than abusing pig eyes, artificial corneas are being developed from hydrogels, polymers that consist of ~70% water. Desirable properties of hydrogels: Wear resistant Fracture resistant Optically clear Glucose-permeable

8 Artificial Corneas The current product on the market is an artificial cornea called AlphaCor. It is developed by Argus Biomedical Pty Ltd in Perth, Australia.

9 Details on AlphaCor Under clinical investigation since FDA-approved in AlphaCor is made from a hydrogel called PHEMA (poly 2[hydroxyethyl methacrylate]). Its diameter in 7.0 mm, its width is 600 µm.

10 The Two Layers Outer skirt Spongy, porous, and opaque, allowing natural corneal tissue to grow and help hold the implant in place. Inner Layer Transparent with an index of refraction of 1.43.

11 Implanting an Artificial Cornea Surgery is nearly identical to that of a regular cornea. Open up a Gunderson’s flap that the implant will go under. Dissect enough corneal tissue to form a lamellar corneal pocket. Insert the implant into the pocket.

12 Implanting an Artificial Cornea (continued from above) Sew a mattress suture to prevent the implant from riding up. Close the pocket with nylon sutures. After 12 weeks, remove the Gunderson’s flap to expose the corneal implant.

13 Complications There are two things that can go wrong with implanting an artificial cornea like AlphaCor. Stromal melting is a fairly common side effect occuring in 30% of patients, where the patient’s stroma layer loses structural integrity. Optic deposits (i.e. calcium phosphate) may form on the center of the device.

14 Future Plans for AlphaCor Enhance the optical zone (the transparent part). Color the outer skirt to match the patient’s iris color.

15 Double Network Hydrogels Currently being developed by the University of Stanford. Tensile strength is 20 times greater than its single hydrogel components. However… Working prototypes still need to be developed. Cellular response still needs to be tested.

16 The Iris and its Functions By contracting and dilating, it determines the f/# number of the eye. Can either be born without one (aniridia, affects 1 out of 50,000 people), or lose function by physical injury. In addition, iris patterns are unique enough to be used for personal identification.

17 Artificial Irises Most notable of artificial irises is the Morcher Iris Diaphragm Ring. Invented by Dr. Volker Rasch from Potsdam, Germany and Dr. Kenneth J. Rosenthal in In addition, Dr. Rosenthal also performed the first surgery with the device in 1997.

18 Picture of Artificial Iris

19 Realistic-looking Artificial Irises It is possible to make very realistic looking irises by using computer rendering with 30 textured layers. In addition to CG, can also be used in prosthetic design.

20 The Lens and its Function By adjusting its angle of curvature, the focal length of the eye can be adjusted (to certain limits). The index of refraction varies in the lens from at the outer layers to at the inner layers. Due to its position, shape of lens less a factor than that of the cornea.

21 Losing the Lens Generally, lenses need to be replaced after cataract surgery. Most artificial lenses are made from plastic, silicone, or acrylic and last for life. Sorry, not the place of the eye with great advances in science.

22 References Chu, W. Ralph. “Peer Review: AlphaCor” CRSToday.com. Nov/Dec Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today. 27 February /crst1104_pr.pdf Lefohn, Aaron et al. “An Ocularist’s Approach to Human Iris Synthesis” IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications. Nov/Dec 2003:

23 References Peterson, Elizabeth. “Cataract Surgery: Lens Extraction and Prosthetic Lens Insertion.” Aurorahealthcare.org. November Aurora Health Care. 29 February ealthgate/getcontent.asp?URLhealthgate=" html Rosenthal, Kenneth J. “The Aniridia Page.“ Accessed 28 February 2006

24 References “Artificial Cornea.” Stanford.edu Stanford School of Medicine. 28 February rch/projects/artificial_cornea.html rch/projects/artificial_cornea.html “Implanted Artificial Iris Improves Patient's Vision and Appearance.” Nyee.edu New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. 29 February h.html

25 References Cooper Vision Surgical Cooper Vision Surgical. February opervisionsurgical/cvs_alphacor.htm Ophtec.com Ophtec B.V. 29 February 2006


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