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Drug news: Novel canine dry eye treatment

I thought this was rather interesting:

Vet Develops Implant to Treat Dog Eye Diseases
The biodegradable implant is designed to replace frequent eye drops.

Sinisa Grozdanic, DVM, an assistant professor of veterinary clinical sciences at Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, has developed a new treatment method for canine eye diseases. One that is said to be more effective and reliable than using eye drops.

It involves implanting biodegradable medicine into the tissue surrounding a dog’s eye, a process that takes just a few minutes and is done with local anesthetic. The medicine releases gradually and treats the infected eye for about a year.

This is the first time the procedure has been tried to improve auto-immune corneal diseases that can cause pain, redness, inflammation, and other eye problems for canines.

Specifically, Dr. Grozdanic has been looking at how the procedure treats pannus, an inflammation of the corneal surface of the eye and the conjunctiva; keratoconjunctivitis sicca, also known as dry eye; and pigmentary keratitis, an inflammatory condition of the cornea characterized by abnormal pigmentation.