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Magnets for Medical Eye Implants

Posted on 27th June 2017

7 Years ago, Magnet Sales and Service were approached by the University College London and the University of Oxford to help with research on a condition called Nystagmus or ‘dancing eyes’. The condition causes patients eyes to flicker or vibrate against their will and no medical treatment is currently available. We have teamed up with the universities to design and create small magnets that, once implanted into the patients’ eyes sockets and extraocular muscles, would overcome the involuntary movement.

Since the operation, the patient has seen a vast improvement to his condition. So much so that he was able to read more easily, watch television and return to work! We are very proud to have been a part of this magnetic medical breakthrough and we look forward to working on similar projects in the future.

If you would like to hear more about this magnetic implant prototype, the BBC’s has published an article on the subject which you can read here.

Or alternatively, check out the official published research paper in the American Academy of Ophthalmology. However, this article features graphical images from surgery and viewer’s discretion is advised. Read it here.