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A Novel Therapy Using Unique Thermogel Prevents Retinal Scarring

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Photo: Kim Chi Tran, A*STAR's Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB).

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Singapore scientists have developed a bio-functional thermogel, a type of synthetic polymer, to prevent retinal scarring caused by failed retinal detachment repair surgery. Proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR) occurs when the retinal scarring prevents the retina from healing and falling back into place, and accounts for more than 75 percent of failed retinal detachment surgeries, and may result in vision loss or blindness if left unrepaired.

Current treatment options for PVR are limited to surgical removal of these scar membranes with guarded visual recovery. This work ...