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The Development of an Antimicrobial Contact Lens – From the Laboratory to the Clinic

[ Vol. 21 , Issue. 4 ]

Author(s):

Mark D.P. Willcox*, R. Chen, P Kalaiselvan, M. Yasir, R. Rasul, N. Kumar and D. Dutta   Pages 357 - 368 ( 12 )

Abstract:


Contact lens wear is generally safe and provides excellent vision. However, contact lens wear is often associated with the risk of developing ocular surface infection and inflammation, and in severe cases, the infection can result in loss of vision. Antimicrobial peptide-coated contact lenses have been made to help reduce the incidence of infection and inflammation. This paper reviews the research progress from conception, through the laboratory and preclinical tests to the latest information on clinical testing of an antimicrobial contact lens. We provide insights into the pathways followed and pitfalls that have been encountered. The journey has not always been linear or smooth, but has resulted in some of the first published clinical testing of antimicrobial peptide-coated contact lenses in humans. We hope this may help lead to the development and commercialisation of antimicrobial contact lenses in the future.

Keywords:

Contact lens, keratitis, antimicrobial peptide, clinical trial, melamine, MeL4.

Affiliation:

School of Optometry and Vision Science, University of New South Wales, School of Chemistry, University of New South Wales, School of Optometry and Vision Science, University of New South Wales, School of Optometry and Vision Science, University of New South Wales, School of Optometry and Vision Science, University of New South Wales, School of Chemistry, University of New South Wales, School of Optometry and Vision Science, University of New South Wales



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