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Doylestown, PA

501 Hyde Park
Route 202
Doylestown, PA 18902
Phone: 215-230-9200
Fax: 215-230-9292

Hours

Monday 8am – 5pm
Tuesday 7am – 7pm
Wednesday 7am – 8pm
Thursday 7 am- 8pm
Friday 7am – 5pm
*Saturday (3rd Saturday of the Month) 1pm
*Saturday hours and dates are subject to change. If you do not have a scheduled appointment already, please call our office before coming in to confirm we are open.

Hopewell, NJ

2 Capital Way
Ste 326
Pennington, NJ 08534
Phone: 609-882-8833
Fax: 609-882-0077

Hours

Monday 7am – 5pm
Tuesday 7am – 7pm
Wednesday 7am – 8pm
Thursday 7am – 8pm
Friday 8am-5pm
*Saturday (1st and 4th Saturdays of the Month) 8am – 1pm
*Saturday hours and dates are subject to change. If you do not have a scheduled appointment already, please call our office before coming in to confirm we are open.

Hamilton, NJ

1445 Whitehorse-Mercerville Rd
Ste 106
Hamilton, NJ 08619
Phone: 609-890-0772
Fax: 609-890-0774

Hours

Monday 9am – 5pm
Tuesday 8am – 8pm
Wednesday 12pm – 8pm
Thursday 7am – 4pm
Friday 8am – 4pm
*Saturday (1st Saturday of the Month) 8am – 1pm
*Saturday hours and dates are subject to change. If you do not have a scheduled appointment already, please call our office before coming in to confirm we are open.

Sight Restoration Breakthrough: Artificial Retina Made with Tattoo Pigment

Tattoo Ink

There’s a new advancement in the area of eye health and it is centering around – wait for it – tattoo ink. Indeed, as unbelievable as it may sound, studies involving the retina and tattoo pigment have received note at Sweden’s Linkoping University and Tel Aviv University in Israel. At these prestigious institutions, eye health scientists and researchers are working together to develop a rudimentary artificial retina that could possibly restore sight to the blind, with tattoo pigment as one of the key components.

The retina is a layer of nerve cells located in the back of the eye which converts incoming light to electrical signals, all of which are then sent to the brain and analyzed as images we see. These cells are known as photoreceptors, with two types of photoreceptor cells residing in the human eye: Rods and cones. Rod photoreceptors detect motion, provide black-and-white vision and function primarily in low-light conditions, while cones are responsible for central and color vision, performing best in medium and bright light.

There are a wide range of retina problems, conditions and diseases affecting millions of Americans, with the more common types that eye doctor professionals encounter encompassing:

Macular degeneration

Diabetic retinopathy

Macular edema

Central serous retinopathy

Hypersensitive retinopathy

Solar retinopathy

Detached retina

All of these can contribute to eventual loss of vision, which is specifically why researchers at Linkoping and Tel Aviv Universities are studying the effects of tattoo ink on the retina.

As a result of their research efforts, scientists developed a prototype artificial retina designed and realized as a metal ring containing a thin film of photoactive material. This material is comprised of a sheet of gold studded with microscopic pixels, and, interestingly enough, each of these is smaller in diameter than the width of a human hair shaft.

These microscopic pixels are themselves made up of low-cost, non-toxic organic pigment – the type commonly used in tattoo ink and cosmetics – and when they’re exposed to light, an electrical pulse is created. Lab tests have concluded that these pulses were found to instantaneously stimulate neurons in otherwise light-sensitive retinas.

The device can work independently, without needing to be connected to external sources. Researchers are hopeful that a version can someday be surgically implanted to restore vision in patients with defective retinas.

Contact Us

Doylestown, PA
501 Hyde Park
Route 202
Doylestown, PA 18902

Phone: 215-230-9200

Fax: 215-230-9292

Hopewell, NJ
Two Capital Way
Suite 326
Pennington, NJ 08534

Phone: 609-882-8833

Fax: 609-882-0077

Hamilton, NJ
1445 Whitehorse-Mercerville Rd
Suite 106
Hamilton, NJ 08619

Phone: 609-890-0772

Fax: 609-890-0774

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