For many people, dry eyes are a direct result of their lacrimal glands not producing enough moisture in their tear ducts. For others, staring at a computer screen at work for hours at a time, on a daily basis, contributes to experiencing dry eyes.
Medicine and eye drops help to a certain extent but Stanford’s Michael Ackermann is determined to develop a better and more immediate fix to the annoying issue.
His new device, called the Oculeve, stimulates the lacrimal glands to kickstart tear production. The implant provides on-demand relief utilizing the user’s actual tears—made up of oils, water, proteins, and mucus, helping add moisture and protection to suffering eyeballs.
Basically, eye drops try to emulate what the Oculeve actually provides for your eyes… The real lubrication needed to fight dry eyes!
Unfortunately, Ackermann’s invention is not a permanent fix to dry eyes, but it is certainly a step in the right direction. Thanks to wireless technology, the implant can be injected under a user’s skin below the patient’s eyebrow, or within the nasal cavity where it can then be remotely controlled to alleviate dry eyes at the push of a button.
Currently, clinical trial are taking place across the globe as the Oculeve prepares to be sold worldwide in the near future.