Globe Patents (Class 623/6.64)
  • Patent number: 10299912
    Abstract: Systems and methods involving an intraocular implant with input and/or output electronics are described. In some embodiments, the system includes an intraocular lens having at least one optic operably coupled to a haptic, one or more input electronics on the haptic and/or the optic; and one or more output electronics on the haptic and/or the optic for receiving and/or transmitting data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Strathspey Crown LLC
    Inventor: Robert Edward Grant
  • Patent number: 10016301
    Abstract: Disclosed are devices, methods and systems for treatment of eye disease such as glaucoma. Implants are described herein that enhance aqueous flow through the normal outflow system of the eye with minimal to no complications. The implant can be reversibly deformed to a first shape, such as a generally linear shape conducive to insertion. Upon insertion, the implant can deform to a second shape, such as a generally non-linear shape conducive to retention within the eye. The shape also improves fluid flow from the anterior chamber and prevents or reduces clogging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Novartis AG
    Inventors: Thomas A. Silvestrini, Steven John, Jose Garcia, Richard S. Lilly
  • Patent number: 9974645
    Abstract: A method of reducing the risk of macular degeneration is provided. The method includes inserting an intraocular collar stent into a portion of a mammalian eye, such that the stent is in contact with soft tissue of the anterior chamber. When inserted in the eye, the stent applies pressure to a surface centered on a transition zone, between an anterior limit of a trabecular meshwork and a posterior limit of a corneal endothelium of the eye, to a surface of the peripheral iris of the eye, and in circumferentially expanding direction to the irideocorneal angle. The pressure is applied continually. The method also includes creating an environment of a reduced negative pressure state within the retina as a result of the application of the pressure; and, while the reduced negative pressure state is present, permitting drusen precursors formed by extracellular material to flow through the eye for removal by vasculature of the eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Regeneye, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Peter Renke
  • Patent number: 9579580
    Abstract: A simulated eye is provided for taxidermy, replica animals made by carving wood, modeling, and other replica animal or replica human construction. The simulated eye provides a more realistic appearance than previous simulated eyes. The eye includes a domed central portion resembling a cornea that is surrounded by a scleral band. The eye is made from one-piece construction using materials that simulate the refractive index of a natural eye. The interior of the eyes are painted to resemble the iris and pupil of a real eye. The configuration of the simulated eye, in conjunction with the refractive index of the material with which it is made, provides a realistic appearance as the angle at which the eye is viewed changes. The eye is structured for easy mounting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Inventors: Joshua Campbell, Jason Campbell
  • Patent number: 9107728
    Abstract: An adjustable apparatus for stabilizing an eyeball suitable for use during surgical or transplant procedures is disclosed. Furthermore, an associated method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Inventors: Mark Philip Breazzano, Sidney T. Malak
  • Publication number: 20140296976
    Abstract: A intravitreous stent includes a multi-loop single wire having a proximal end; a distal end; at least a first loop defined by the proximal end and a first portion of the single wire; at least a second loop defined by the distal end and a second portion of the single wire; wherein the first portion is joined to the second portion via a reversing loop portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Empire Technology Development LLC
    Inventors: David Maxwell Kleinman, Trevor John Moody, Kenneth Eugene Perry
  • Publication number: 20140214162
    Abstract: An animatronic eye with fluid suspension, electromagnetic drive, and video capability. The eye assembly includes a spherical, hollow outer shell that contains a suspension liquid. An inner sphere is positioned in the outer shell in the suspension liquid to be centrally floated at a distance away from the shell wall. The inner sphere includes painted portions providing a sclera and iris and includes an unpainted rear portion and front portion or pupil. The shell, liquid, and inner sphere are have matching indices of refraction such that interfaces between the components are not readily observed. A camera is provided adjacent a rear portion of the outer shell to receive light passing through the shell, liquid, and inner sphere. A drive assembly is provided including permanent magnets on the inner sphere that are driven by electromagnetic coils on the outer shell to provide frictionless yaw and pitch movements simulating eye movements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Inventors: LANNY STARKES SMOOT, KATHERINE MAY BASSETT, MARCUS HAMMOND
  • Patent number: 8696747
    Abstract: There is described a novel orbital implant having a smooth but macroporous outer surface, the said implant containing an integral resorbable platform for guided ocular muscle re-attachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Novamed Ceramisys Limited
    Inventor: Wayne Austin
  • Publication number: 20130317609
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an artificial eye for fitting as a whole or partial replacement of a patient's original eye, the method comprising the steps of: a) providing a digitally acquired image of an iris; and b) transferring the image to a substrate comprising at least the frontal region of an artificial eye.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2012
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Inventors: Lewis Green, Thomas George Fripp, Lesley Elizabeth Gill
  • Patent number: 8562676
    Abstract: A replica eye includes a dome-shaped eyeball, a back simulating member, a front simulating member, a container, at least one tube, and a driving member. The eyeball includes a light-transmitting area for transmitting light. The back simulating member has a simulating surface being a first color. The front simulating member has a resilient capsule being a second color other than the first color. The resilient capsule is attached to the simulating surface, and arranged between the simulating surface and the light-transmitting area. The container is used for accommodating fillers. The at least one tube is capable of passing through the simulating surface to connect between the resilient capsule and the container. The driving member is coupled to the container for driving the fillers received in the container move towards and away from resilient capsule via the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Bao-Shuai Liu
  • Patent number: 8414518
    Abstract: An ocular implant adapted to reside at least partially in a portion of Schlemm's canal of an eye. In some embodiments the implant has a body extending in a curved volume whose longitudinal axis forms an arc of a circle, and a plurality of open areas and strut areas formed in the body, the open areas extending over more than 50% of a surface defining the curved volume, the strut areas surrounding the open areas, the body having a diameter of between 0.005 inches and 0.04 inches. The invention also provides a method of treating glaucoma including the steps of supporting tissue forming Schlemm's canal in an eye with an implant extending at least partially in the canal along an axial length within the canal; and contacting with the implant less than 50% of the tissue forming the canal along the axial length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Ivantis, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew T. Schieber, Charles L. Euteneuer
  • Patent number: 8353856
    Abstract: Glaucoma treatments utilizing an implanted shunt having an elastomeric plate and a non-valved elastomeric drainage tube. The plate is positioned over a sclera of the eye with an outflow end of the elastomeric drainage tube open to an outer surface of the plate. An inflow end of the drainage tube tunnels through tissue to the anterior chamber of the eye. The drainage tube collapses upon insertion within an incision in the sclera and cornea, or at a kink on the outside of the incision, but has sufficient resiliency to restore its patency over time. Delayed fluid communication between the outflow and inflow ends of the drainage tube permits a scar tissue bleb to form around the plate. The plate desirably has a peripheral ridge and fenestrations, and a longer suturing tab extending from one side of the plate to enhance visibility and accessibility when suturing the shunt to the sclera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: Abbott Medical Optics Inc.
    Inventor: George Baerveldt
  • Patent number: 8303746
    Abstract: An ocular prosthesis includes a posterior sclera portion partially nested with an anterior clear portion. An iris disk piece and/or a retinal chip may also be disposed between the posterior and anterior portions. A method for manufacturing the ocular prosthesis includes scanning an impression of an eye socket or an existing ocular prosthesis, fabricating posterior and anterior portions from geometrical models generated from the scans, and forming the ocular prosthesis by joining the two portions. In another embodiment of the method, a photograph of an iris is provided and manipulated to form a multi disk iris piece to be used in the ocular prosthesis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Inventor: Timothy P. Friel
  • Patent number: 8298037
    Abstract: A toy eye includes a casing having a transparent top portion, a lens defining a through hole, and a pupil received in through hole of the lens. The lens and the pupil are both made of soft resilient material, and clung to the transparent top portion of the casing. The toy eye also includes a push-pull element for pushing the pupil towards the transparent top portion of the casing or pulling the pupil reversely. The toy eye further includes a light processing element for sensing the change of the outside light intensity and generating a driving signal when the value of the change of the light intensity reaches or exceeds a predetermined value, and a driving element for driving the push-pull element to push or pull the pupil, upon receiving the driving signal from the light processing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kim-Yeung Sip
  • Patent number: 8267882
    Abstract: An ocular implant for treating glaucoma is provided, which may include any number of features. More particularly, the present invention relates to implants that facilitate the transfer of fluid from within one area of the eye to another area of the eye. One feature of the implant is that it includes a proximal inlet portion and a distal inlet portion adapted to be inserted into the anterior chamber of the eye, and an intermediate portion adapted to be inserted into Schlemm's canal. Another feature of the implant is that it can be biased to assume a predetermined shape to aid in placement within the eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Ivantis, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles L. Euteneuer, Thomas R. Hektner, Andrew T. Schieber, John Wardle
  • Patent number: 8226713
    Abstract: A coating for an orbital implant where the coating has an anterior portion having a different, longer term bioabsorbability than a posterior portion. This allows the implant to have a smooth surface for insertion and to provide reduced irritation to neighboring tissues, to help prevent exposure of the porous core of the implant, and to provide a stable anchorment for extraocular muscles, but which also encourages rapid fibrovascular ingrowth. The coating is marked with a visual indicator to facilitate proper orientation. Shell materials are further selected to allow for sterile packaging, the securing of therapeutic agents thereon, and to provide adequately strong securing of the coating to the core. Apertures are formed through the coating to enhance fluid flow to and from the core, and to provide exposure of the surface of the core to extraocular muscles, and for sutures. The apertures are sized and shaped to reduce irritating surface contact with orbital tissues.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Inventor: Arthur C. Perry
  • Publication number: 20120165933
    Abstract: Devices and methods for treating intraocular pressure are disclosed. The devices include drug delivery implants for treating ocular tissue. Optionally, the devices also include shunts for draining aqueous humor from the anterior chamber to the uveoscleral outflow pathway, including the supraciliary space and the suprachoroidal space. The drug delivery implants can be implanted in ab interno or ab externo procedures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2010
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Applicant: DOSE MEDICAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: David Haffner, Kenneth Curry
  • Publication number: 20120136439
    Abstract: An ocular implant having a first spine; a second spine; a first strut extending in an axial direction Z between the first spine and the second spine; a second strut extending in an axial direction Z between the first spine and the second spine; wherein an angular dimension ? of a first edge of each strut undulates as the strut extends in the axial direction Z between the first spine and the second spine; and wherein a radius r of an outer surface of each strut remains substantially constant as the strut extends the axial direction Z between the first spine and the second spine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Inventors: Andrew T. Schieber, Charles L. EUTENEUER
  • Patent number: 8157861
    Abstract: A replica eye includes an eyeball with a light-transmitting area for transmitting light, a resilient film, a driving member, and a transmission mechanism. The resilient film includes a pupil portion and an iris portion surrounding the pupil portion. The pupil portion is in a first color. The iris portion is in a second color other than the first color. The driving member has a shaft. The driving member provides rotating forces to the shaft. The transmission mechanism comprises a rotor fastened on the shaft of the driving member, and a plurality of flexible members in radial arrangement. A first end of each flexible member away from the rotor is fastened on an outer edge of the resilient film. When the driving member rotates the transmission mechanism, centrifugal forces are imparted on the plurality of flexible members, the plurality of flexible members stretches the pupil portion and the iris portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Xiao-Guang Su
  • Patent number: 8118867
    Abstract: A coating for an orbital implant where the coating has an anterior portion having a different, longer term bioabsorbability than a posterior portion. This allows the implant to have a smooth surface for insertion and to provide reduced irritation to neighboring tissues, to help prevent exposure of the porous core of the implant, and to provide a stable anchorment for extraocular muscles, but which also encourages rapid fibrovascular ingrowth. The coating is marked with a visual indicator to facilitate proper orientation. Shell materials are further selected to allow for sterile packaging, the securing of therapeutic agents thereon, and to provide adequately strong securing of the coating to the core. Apertures are formed through the coating to enhance fluid flow to and from the core, and to provide exposure of the surface of the core to extraocular muscles, and for sutures. The apertures are sized and shaped to reduce irritating surface contact with orbital tissues.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Inventors: Arthur C. Perry, Roger J. Greenwald
  • Patent number: 8097033
    Abstract: A prosthetic device and method to restore extraocular muscle function. The device includes a housing; a biasing component disposed in the housing; a proximal connector operatively connected to a proximal end of the biasing component; and a distal connector operatively connected to a distal end of the biasing component, wherein the proximal connector is configured for being secured with respect to an orbital bone and the distal connector adapted to be secured to the paralyzed or absent muscle stump, e.g. on the globe, or to the eyelid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: The University of Miami
    Inventor: David T. Tse
  • Patent number: 8083794
    Abstract: A replica eye includes a dome-shaped eyeball, a back simulating member, a front simulating member, a container, at least one tube, and a driving member. The eyeball includes a light-transmitting area for transmitting light. The back simulating member has a simulating surface being a first color. The front simulating member has a resilient capsule being a second color other than the first color. The resilient capsule is attached to the simulating surface, and arranged between the simulating surface and the light-transmitting area. The container is used for accommodating fillers. The at least one tube is capable of passing through the simulating surface to connect between the resilient capsule and the container. The driving member is coupled to the container for driving the fillers received in the container move towards and away from resilient capsule via the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hao Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Bao-Shuai Liu
  • Patent number: 7988730
    Abstract: A quasi-spherical orbital implant that comprises an off center conical elongation toward its posterior and medial aspects. The conical elongation mimics the natural shape of an orbit. The implant comprises a number of holes and tunnels for suturing the patient's eye muscles and tissue to the implant. A number of hollow voids in the implant serve to progressively host the formation of tissue which secures the implant to the muscles and covering tissue and helps to prevent migration after the sutures have dissolved. The anterior portion of the implant has a number of details which key with the prosthetic eye and help improve its stability and motility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Inventor: Jean-Francios Durette
  • Patent number: 7967859
    Abstract: A prosthetic eye with an iris constructed of a photoresponsive, polymer based element. The photoresponsive element is responsive to light, so that the pupils constrict in the presence of light. The responsiveness of the pupils to light gives the prosthetic eye a more natural appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Inventor: Rupert C. Bell
  • Publication number: 20110077735
    Abstract: One example scleral prosthesis includes a first free end and a second free end, each wider than a middle portion of the scleral prosthesis. Multiple first portions form the first end of the scleral prosthesis. The first portions are separated along at least half of a length of the scleral prosthesis. Multiple second portions may form the second end of the scleral prosthesis, and the second portions may be separated along less than a quarter of the length of the scleral prosthesis. An implantation device can be used to facilitate implantation of a scleral prosthesis. The implantation device includes a first end portion configured to be inserted into a scleral tunnel of an eye. The implantation device also includes a second end portion configured to receive the scleral prosthesis. A rod with a tapered and rounded end can be partially inserted into the first end portion of the implantation device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2010
    Publication date: March 31, 2011
    Applicants: Refocus Group, Inc., William A. Munck, Munck Butrus, P.C.
    Inventor: Jack C. Griffis, III
  • Publication number: 20110066239
    Abstract: An animatronic eye with fluid suspension, electromagnetic drive, and video capability. The eye assembly includes a spherical, hollow outer shell that contains a suspension liquid. An inner sphere is positioned in the outer shell in the suspension liquid to be centrally floated at a distance away from the shell wall. The inner sphere includes painted portions providing a sclera and iris and includes an unpainted rear portion and front portion or pupil. The shell, liquid, and inner sphere are have matching indices of refraction such that interfaces between the components are not readily observed. A camera is provided adjacent a rear portion of the outer shell to receive light passing through the shell, liquid, and inner sphere. A drive assembly is provided including permanent magnets on the inner sphere that are driven by electromagnetic coils on the outer shell to provide frictionless yaw and pitch movements simulating eye movements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2009
    Publication date: March 17, 2011
    Applicant: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Lanny Starkes Smoot, Katherine May Bassett, Marcus Hammond
  • Publication number: 20110046728
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for implanting a device in a mammalian eye to raise intraocular pressure. In some embodiments, the device (54) includes an arcuate body that, when implanted, obstructs aqueous humor outflow from the anterior chamber (38) of the eye.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2008
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Applicant: University of Rochester
    Inventors: Shakeel R. Shareef, Mustafa A.G. Abushagur
  • Publication number: 20100286773
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a foldable capsular vitreous body (FCVB), and its mould design, method for manufacturing, product appearance, and drug delivery property and so on. A mould for molding a foldable artificial vitreous body comprises an upper mould (1), a lower mould (2) and a core (3). The core (3) is disposed between the upper mould (1) and the lower mould (2) and is connected with a drainage-tube pin connected with an injection channel (4). Heating holes (6) are disposed in the upper mould (1) and/or the lower mould (2). Material is injected to the mould and is heated to vulcanize to mold vitreous body. The FCVB is adapted to be injected with any harmless medium and can be used as a delivery vehicle inside or around the eye ball. The size or shape of the FCVB can be changed depending on the different implant site.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2010
    Publication date: November 11, 2010
    Applicant: GUANGZHOU VISBOR BIOTECHNOLOGY LTD.
    Inventor: Qianying Gao
  • Patent number: 7758641
    Abstract: A prosthetic device and method to restore extraocular muscle function. The device includes a housing; a biasing component disposed in the housing; a proximal connector operatively connected to a proximal end of the biasing component; and a distal connector operatively connected to a distal end of the biasing component, wherein the proximal connector is configured for being secured with respect to an orbital bone and the distal connector adapted to be secured to the paralyzed or absent muscle stump, e.g. on the globe, or to the eyelid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: The University of Miami
    Inventor: David T. Tse
  • Patent number: 7736389
    Abstract: A reading enhancement device for preventing and/or treating presbyopia of the eye. The enhancement device is sutured to an outer wall of the sclera for buckling and compressing a portion of the sclera and the ciliary body inwardly and perpendicular to the plane of the sclera and exerting a posterior compression force toward the vitreous humor in the rear of the eye. The enhancement device includes a compression body with a front of the body having semi-circular convex surface. The convex surface is used for engaging, buckling and compressing both a portion of the sclera and the ciliary body of the eye. The compression body also includes an enlarged, rounded first and second end portions and an elongated center portion with the convex surface formed thereon. Also, the compression body includes a rear having an outwardly extending rib portion with a pair of grooves at opposite ends of the rib portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Inventor: Richard E. Damiano
  • Patent number: 7722670
    Abstract: According to an embodiment of the present invention, an implant device may be provided. The implant may be adapted to manipulate the position of an eyeball associated with a patient, whereby the device comprises an insertion device including a first and a second portion. The first portion may include a first thickness and may be adapted to elevate the position of the eyeball. The second portion may include a second thickness and/or a second position relative the first portion for moving the position of the eyeball in a forward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Inventors: Ebrahim Elahi, Keivan Razavi
  • Publication number: 20100010626
    Abstract: An artificial eye includes a supporter, a first clipping member, a second clipping member and an electroactive pupil. The second clipping member is positioned on the supporter. A peripheral portion of the second clipping member is positioned on a peripheral portion of the first clipping member. A gap is defined between the first and second clipping members. The electroactive pupil is positioned in the gap and contacts the first and second clipping members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2009
    Publication date: January 14, 2010
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: CHUN-YU LEE, TSUNG-YU LIN
  • Publication number: 20080269892
    Abstract: A coating for an orbital implant where the coating has an anterior portion having a different, longer term bioabsorbability than a posterior portion. This allows the implant to have a smooth surface for insertion and to provide reduced irritation to neighboring tissues, to help prevent exposure of the porous core of the implant, and to provide a stable anchorment for extraocular muscles, but which also encourages rapid fibrovascular ingrowth. The coating is marked with a visual indicator to facilitate proper orientation. Shell materials are further selected to allow for sterile packaging, the securing of therapeutic agents thereon, and to provide adequately strong securing of the coating to the core. Apertures are formed through the coating to enhance fluid flow to and from the core, and to provide exposure of the surface of the core to extraocular muscles, and for sutures. The apertures are sized and shaped to reduce irritating surface contact with orbital tissues.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2008
    Publication date: October 30, 2008
    Inventor: ARTHUR C. PERRY
  • Publication number: 20080262612
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a bio-artificial eye which is produced by a process comprising adding loess, zeolite, bentonite, bioceramic or nano-silver to acrylic resin powder. Thus, the artificial eye has antibacterial activity in itself, does not cause much eye discharge, and emits far-infrared rays and anions, and thus, has a very good effect on the ocular health of a person wearing the artificial eye. Furthermore, the present invention relates to a conformer which is produced by a process comprising adding loess, zeolite, bentonite, bioceramic or nano-silver to acrylic resin powder. Thus, the inventive conformer has antibacterial activity in itself, does not cause much eye discharge, and emits far-infrared rays and anions, and thus, has a very good effect on the ocular health of a person wearing the conformer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2005
    Publication date: October 23, 2008
    Inventors: Mal-Soo Jun, Jong-Heon Jun, Seong-Un Jun, Yu-Mi Jun
  • Publication number: 20080234816
    Abstract: There is described a novel orbital implant having a smooth but macroporous outer surface, the said implant containing an integral resorbable platform for guided ocular muscle re-attachment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2006
    Publication date: September 25, 2008
    Inventor: Wayne Austin
  • Publication number: 20080221677
    Abstract: An artificial eye socket for use in the mounting of artificial eye is disclosed. The artificial eye socket is of substantially unitary construction and made from a flexible material such as rubber. The artificial eye socket comprises an outer base surface; an inner base surface; a substantially contiguous outer sclera surface which extends from the outer base surface to an iris knife edge to and from an iris opening in said socket; and a substantially contiguous inner cavity surface which extends from said inner base surface to said iris knife edge to form said iris opening in said socket and a cavity within said socket. An artificial eye may be inserted into said cavity and secured in a substantially fixed position by the inner base surface and the cavity surface. Methods for manufacturing and mounting the artificial eye socket and cleaning the surface of the artificial eye are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2008
    Publication date: September 11, 2008
    Applicant: Tohickon Corporation
    Inventor: Antonio R. Alfaro
  • Patent number: 7407510
    Abstract: A coating for an orbital implant where the coating has an anterior portion having a different, longer term bioabsorbability than a posterior portion. This allows the implant to have a smooth surface for insertion and to provide reduced irritation to neighboring tissues, to help prevent exposure of the porous core of the implant, and to provide a stable anchorment for extraocular muscles, but which also encourages rapid fibrovascular ingrowth. The coating is marked with a visual indicator to facilitate proper orientation. Shell materials are further selected to allow for sterile packaging, the securing of therapeutic agents thereon, and to provide adequately strong securing of the coating to the core. Apertures are formed through the coating to enhance fluid flow to and from the core, and to provide exposure of the surface of the core to extraocular muscles, and for sutures. The apertures are sized and shaped to reduce irritating surface contact with orbital tissues.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Inventors: Arthur C. Perry, James Cahill
  • Patent number: 7402175
    Abstract: A vision prosthesis includes an optical element having a surface that is shaped to be positioned near a cornea of an eye, and a magnetic element embedded in the optical element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2008
    Assignee: Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary
    Inventor: Dimitri T. Azar
  • Publication number: 20080161915
    Abstract: A system for generating visual images includes an artificial eye that is surgically implanted within a patient's orbit. Also, the system includes a micro-camera that is mounted to the artificial eye for capturing visual input. A digital signal processor receives the visual input from the micro-camera and generates electrical stimuli corresponding to pixels of the visual input. In the system, a plurality of electrode arrays are embedded into selected areas of the primary visual cortex of the patient. Further, each array is interconnected with the processor to transfer the electrical stimuli to predetermined areas of the primary visual cortex for creation of a visual image by the patient corresponding to the visual input.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2006
    Publication date: July 3, 2008
    Inventor: Qiushi Ren
  • Publication number: 20080119928
    Abstract: A prosthetic eye with an iris constructed of a photoresponsive, polymer based element. The photoresponsive element is responsive to light, so that the pupils constrict in the presence of light. The responsiveness of the pupils to light gives the prosthetic eye a more natural appearance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2007
    Publication date: May 22, 2008
    Inventor: Rupert C. Bell
  • Publication number: 20080046078
    Abstract: The present invention provides a silicone-based ocular prosthesis. In one aspect, the prosthesis includes a posterior sclera portion fabricated from a white-tinted silicone material. The sclera portion is formed from a molding process. The prosthesis also includes an anterior iris portion placed on the sclera portion. The prosthesis further includes a transparent layer over the sclera portion and the iris portion to provide a protective coating, and depth to the eye. Finally, a clear coat finish may optionally be applied to the prosthesis to create a realistic, wet look. A method for making the silicone-based ocular prosthesis using a molding process is also provided herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2006
    Publication date: February 21, 2008
    Inventor: Matthew A. Singer
  • Publication number: 20070270634
    Abstract: According to an embodiment of the present invention, an implant device may be provided. The implant may be adapted to manipulate the position of an eyeball associated with a patient, whereby the device comprises an insertion device including a first and a second portion. The first portion may include a first thickness and may be adapted to elevate the position of the eyeball. The second portion may include a second thickness and/or a second position relative the first portion for moving the position of the eyeball in a forward direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2006
    Publication date: November 22, 2007
    Inventors: Ebrahim Elahi, Keivan Razavi
  • Publication number: 20040254420
    Abstract: The present invention is a flexible ocular restraint band that includes a thin flexible material such as a surgical mesh fabric with flexible reinforced end portions. The device is positioned posterior to the eye globe and the reinforced ends are sutured to anterior portions of the scleral ring. Preferably, a side edge of the band is formed with a concave curved edge to be placed proximate the optical nerve without making contact or applying pressure to the optical nerve. When properly positioned the device prevents further axial elongation of the eye. In alternative embodiments the band may be formed as a generally linear strap, a three legged or “Y” shaped strap or a four legged “X” shaped strap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2003
    Publication date: December 16, 2004
    Inventor: Brian Ward
  • Publication number: 20040241155
    Abstract: A method of performing intra-articular therapy and a dilution resistant viscoelastic composition are disclosed. One embodiment of the dilution resistant composition comprises a hyaluronate-based viscoelastic agent and a low viscosity, polymer-containing solution. The hyaluronate-based viscoelastic can be an aqueous solution sodium hyaluronate having an average molecular weight greater than 750,000 Daltons and a concentration by weight between 0.5% and 3%. The polymer-containing solution can contain a polymer selected from the group consisting of chondroitin sulfate and hydroxypropylmethylcellulose. One embodiment can comprise a polymer-containing solution containing hydroxypropylmethylcellulose at a concentration by weight from about 0.05% to about 5.0% and chondroitin sulfate at a concentration by weight from about 0.1 to about 7%.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2004
    Publication date: December 2, 2004
    Inventor: Mandar V. Shah
  • Publication number: 20040098125
    Abstract: Scleral implants are provided having structure that locks the implant into incisions in the sclera and provide a stress thereto. In several embodiments, such structure includes a foot that extends laterally from a bottom of the implant, as well as an opening through which suture may be passed. Furthermore, the foot of the implant may be contoured to conform to the natural curvature of the sclera. In other embodiments, the implant is generally disc-shaped and includes a tab and a suture opening. With this implant, one or two pockets are defined in the sclera, preferably at eleven o'clock and/or one o'clock, the implant is placed therein, and the pocket incision may be closed with suture. The implant may also include a system for measuring and transmitting the intraocular pressure. With all the implants, the eye pressure is increased and/or the sclera is lifted to treat a disorder of the eye.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2002
    Publication date: May 20, 2004
    Inventors: Jerre M. Freeman, Richard W. Mendius
  • Publication number: 20040098124
    Abstract: Scleral implants are provided having structure that locks the implant into incisions in the sclera and provide a stress thereto. In several embodiments, such structure includes a foot that extends laterally from a bottom of the implant, as well as an opening through which suture may be passed. Furthermore, the foot of the implant may be contoured to conform to the natural curvature of the sclera. In other embodiments, the implant is generally disc-shaped and includes a tab and a suture opening. With this implant, one or two pockets are defined in the sclera, preferably at eleven o'clock and/or one o'clock, the implant is placed therein, and the pocket incision may be closed with suture. The implant may also include a system for measuring and transmitting the intraocular pressure. With all the implants, the eye pressure is increased and/or the sclera is lifted to treat a disorder of the eye.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2002
    Publication date: May 20, 2004
    Inventors: Jerre M. Freeman, Richard W. Mendius
  • Publication number: 20040098123
    Abstract: Scleral implants are provided having structure that locks the implant into incisions in the sclera and provide a stress thereto. In several embodiments, such structure includes a foot that extends laterally from a bottom of the implant, as well as an opening through which suture may be passed. Furthermore, the foot of the implant may be contoured to conform to the natural curvature of the sclera. In other embodiments, the implant is generally disc-shaped and includes a tab and a suture opening. With this implant, one or two pockets are defined in the sclera, preferably at eleven o'clock and/or one o'clock, the implant is placed therein, and the pocket incision may be closed with suture. The implant may also include a system for measuring and transmitting the intraocular pressure. With all the implants, the eye pressure is increased and/or the sclera is lifted to treat a disorder of the eye.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2002
    Publication date: May 20, 2004
    Inventors: Jerre M. Freeman, Richard W. Mendius
  • Publication number: 20040098126
    Abstract: Scleral implants are provided having structure that locks the implant into incisions in the sclera and provide a stress thereto. In several embodiments, such structure includes an upstanding rib that registers the implant within a scleral incision. The implant also includes an upper convex contour and a lower flatter surface. When implanted, the implant operates to increase the eye pressure and/or provide volumetric expansion of the eye to treat a disorder of the eye.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2003
    Publication date: May 20, 2004
    Applicant: Eagle Vision, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerre M. Freeman, Wilson Pritchard, Richard W. Mendius
  • Publication number: 20040039445
    Abstract: A supplementary implant for ameliorating enophtalmos comprises a plate (10) having a plurality of attachment holes (14), with a posterior, generally spherical projection (12) adapted to replace the volume of soft tissue loss resulting from eye enucleation, and a method for attaching said implant to the floor of the orbit by screws or stainless steel ligatures posterior to an orbital implant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2003
    Publication date: February 26, 2004
    Inventor: Maine Grip
  • Patent number: 6669727
    Abstract: A prosthetic eye and a coordinating pair of glasses simulate dilation of the pupil of a normal eye. The prosthetic eye has a white scleral portion with a simulated iris is painted on the front. A polarized disc is located at the center of the iris. The polarized disc is placed on the horizontal transmitting axis. The center of the polarized disc is darkened with paint to simulate a pupil having a fairly small diameter. The back of the polarized disc is painted to blend with the iris or simulate the collarette of the eye. Over the top of the polarized disc and iris is a dome of material simulating the cornea of the eye. The prosthetic eye is used in conjunction with the special pair of eyeglasses having a lens formed of linearly polarizing material with the transmitting axis in the vertical plane. When the eyeglasses are used, it makes the pupil appear to dilate because it causes the entire disc to blacken when viewed through the polarized lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2003
    Inventor: Steven R. Young