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Reversible glue bandage could save injured soldiers’ vision

Scientists have developed the first reversible glue that could be used on the battlefield to treat , potentially saving soldiers’ vision.

The research was presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of and (ARVO) this week in Orlando, Fla.

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

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Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology