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Development of 3D printed drug-eluting contact lenses

Development of 3D printed drug-eluting contact lenses

Mohamdeen, Youssra Moustafa Gadelkareem, Tabriz, Atabak Ghanizadeh, Tighsazzadeh, Mohammad, Nandi, Uttom, Khalaj, Roxanne, Andreadis, Ioannis, Boateng, Joshua ORCID: 0000-0002-6310-729X and Douroumis, Dionysios ORCID: 0000-0002-3782-0091 (2021) Development of 3D printed drug-eluting contact lenses. Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, 74 (10):rgab173. pp. 1467-1476. ISSN 0022-3573 (Print), 2042-7158 (Online) (doi:

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Objectives: The aim of the work was to introduce 3D printing technology for the design and fabrication of drug-eluting contact lenses (DECL) for the treatment of glaucoma. The development of 3D printed lenses can effectively overcome drawbacks of existing approaches by using biocompatible medical grade polymers that provide sustained drug release of timolol maleate for extended periods.
Methods: Hot melt extrusion was coupled with fusion deposition modelling (FDM) to produce printable filaments of ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer–polylactic acid blends at various ratios loaded with timolol maleate. Physicochemical and mechanical characterisation of the printed filaments was used to optimise the printing of the contact lenses.
Key findings: 3D printed lenses with an aperture (opening) and specified dimensions could be printed using FDM technology. The lenses presented a smooth surface with good printing resolution while providing sustained release of timolol maleate over 3 days. The findings of this study can be used for the development of personalised DECL in the future.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 3D printing; fusion deposition modelling; hot melt extrusion; contact lenses; medical biodegradable; glaucoma
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RE Ophthalmology
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > School of Science (SCI)
Last Modified: 21 May 2024 11:23

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