Silk-based ocular implants: treating eye conditions at the interface of photonics and biology
SILK-EYEInvestigador: SUSANA MARCOS CELESTINO Centro: INSTITUTO DE OPTICA DAZA DE VALDES
Silkworms produce a fibrous material to form their cocoons. The fibres have long been used to make silk fabrics for high-end clothing. More recently, the versatile protein polymers in the cocoons have been exploited for biomedical applications. In addition to biocompatibility, elasticity, and structural strength, silk fibroin offers transparency, permeability, and a refractive index that all make it particularly attractive for use in the eye. SILK-EYE is pioneering the development of the next generation of corneal implants and lenses exploiting these characteristics. The team plans to deliver more effective, safe, and affordable solutions to treat the increasing incidence of diseases and conditions affecting vision globally. Get ready for your next silk ensemble - scarf and accommodating lens.