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Animal Models to Evaluate Nanoparticulate Ocular Drug Delivery Systems

  • Amy Broadwater
  • Anjali Hirani
  • Yashwant PathakEmail author
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Abstract

Ophthalmic injuries and diseases can be devastating, especially when eyesight is at risk. Steps have been taken to enhance treatment options for patients with conditions such as glaucoma or fungal eye infections, to name a few. Nanoparticle ophthalmologic drug delivery offers a chance for a more effective treatment against many common eye malignancies by increasing the efficacy of many current eye medications. Additionally, nanoparticles open a door to new treatment approaches, such as sustained release for chronic conditions or for drugs with low patient compliance, by discovering new drug delivery methods. Without the use of animal models in medical research, we would not be able to take great strides in the direction of optimum patient health. Evaluation of these modern drug delivery systems in animal models shows great promise for the future of ophthalmologic health.

Keywords

Ocular drug Animal studies Nanoparticles Glaucoma Ocular infection Ocular cancer 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Amy Broadwater
    • 1
  • Anjali Hirani
    • 3
    • 4
  • Yashwant Pathak
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.College of PharmacyUniversity of South FloridaTampaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Pharmaceutical SciencesUSF College of Pharmacy, University of South FloridaTampaUSA
  3. 3.Department of Pharmaceutical SciencesUSF College of Pharmacy, University of SouthTampaUSA
  4. 4.School of Biomedical Engineering and SciencesVirginia Tech-Wake Forest UniversityBlacksburgUSA

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