Nanomachines & Nanomanipulation Antimicrobial contact lenses

Soft contact lenses are hydrogel materials recently receiving increasing attention due to their high potential for ophthalmic medical applications. It is well known that one of the most common problems related to contact lenses is associated with the risk of eye microbial infection. This is a significant health issue given the large population of contact lenses wearers worldwide. Our goal is to develop novel coated materials bearing antimicrobial molecules to be used in contact lenses, minimizing corneal infection risk. Commercially available soft contact lenses are usually made of copolymers mainly based on 2-hydroxylethyl methacrylate (HEMA) and other polymers such as polysiloxanes. These biocompatible polymers exhibit functional groups (e.g. –OH, -COOH) that provide a suitable platform for a prompt functionalization of the hydrogels material, through covalent bonding and/or physical adsorption.


Funding organization: ACCIÒ. Program: TECNIOSPRING. Reference: TECSPR14-2-0044