THIS RESEARCH PROJECT AIMS TO DEVELOP A CLINICAL DEVICE TO MEASURE CORNEAL OXYGEN CONSUMPTION NONINVASIVELY.

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 4919
Amount: $50,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1986
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
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Principal Investigator
 BRIAN W BRANDELL
 PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
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Abstract
THIS RESEARCH PROJECT AIMS TO DEVELOP A CLINICAL DEVICE TO MEASURE CORNEAL OXYGEN CONSUMPTION NONINVASIVELY. THE DEVICE WILL OPERATE BY MEASURING THE RATE OF DECREASE OF THEOXYGEN TENSION IN A MEMBRANE RESERVOIR APPLIED BRIEFLY TO THE CORNEA. MATHEMATICAL NALAYSIS OF THE RESULTING DATA WILL GIVE OXYGEN CONSUMPTION IN THE COMPONENT LAYERS OF THE CORNEA. THE AIMS OF THIS PHASE I RESEARCH ARE TO ESTABLISH THE TECHNICAL MERIT AND FEASIBILITY OF THE OPERATING PRINCI-PLES OF THE MONITOR. PHASE II WILL LEAD TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF A PROTOTYPE OXYGEN CONSUMPTION MONITOR FOR COMMERCIAL APPLICATION. THE ULTIMATE GOAL IS TO HAVE SUCH A DEVICE GENERALLY AVAILABLE FOR CLINICAL PROCEDURES SUCH AS CORNEAL MEASUREMENTS TO EVALUATE THE MOST APPROPRIATE CONTACT LENS MATERIAL, ESPECIALLY FOR EXTENDED WEAR LENSES. PHASE I AIMSARE GROUPED IN THREE MAIN CATEGORIES: . DEVELOPMENT OF MATHEMATICAL MODELS TO BE USED IN THE THEORETICAL TREATMENT OF THE MEASURED RATE OF OXYGEN TENSION (PO2) DECREASE RECORDED FOLLOWING APPLICATION OF THE SENSOR TO THE CORNEA. . MODIFICATION OF AN EXISTING POLAROGRAPHIC OXYGEN ELEC- TRODE TO A PREPROTOTYPE OXYGEN UPTAKE SENSOR. THE MAIN FEATURE WILL BE THE ISOLATION OF THE CORNEA FROM THE ELECTRODE BY AN INTERVENING OXYGEN RESERVOIR MEMBRANE. . TESTING AND EVALUATION OF THE PREPROTOTYPE IN VITRO AND USING RABBIT CORNEAS TO DETERMINE ITS ENGINEERING AND PHYSIOLOGICAL FEASIBILITY.

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