Scientists have developed the first reversible glue that could be used on the battlefield to treat eye injuries, potentially saving soldiers’ vision.
When applied to a wounded eye, the adhesive warms up and becomes sticky, sealing the wound and minimizing further damage while the soldier is transported for treatment.
Upon arriving at a hospital, doctors can simply apply cool saline solution to the glue, causing it to revert to its non-adhesive form and be removed with minimal discomfort.
Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) have increased the frequency of military-related eye injuries to 16% of all injuries reported.
Once the eye is punctured, loss of internal fluids can lead to retinal detachment and vision loss if not prevented.
Abstract Title: Thermoresponsive Reversible Adhesive for Temporary Intervention in Ocular Trauma