How to prevent retinal scarring?

 Singapore researchers have developed a bio-functional thermogel to prevent retinal scarring

Retinal scarring is caused by failed retinal detachment repair surgery.  

Proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR) occurs when retinal scarring prevents the retina from recovering.   

 Current treatment for PVR are limited to surgical methods.

 A research team showed that a bio-functional thermogel alone is able to prevent retinal scarring. 

 Thermogel prevented the development of the scar membranes by modulating cellular behaviour.

Thermogel activated a protein called NRF2 to kickstart a series of chemical reactions to prevent scarring. 

The Thermogel is currently being commercialized by Vitreogel Innovations Inc. 

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