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RETINAL INSTRUMENT

United States Patent Application

20130310861
A1
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Oak Ridge National Laboratory - Visit the Partnerships Directorate Website
In one embodiment, the present invention provides a method of removing scar tissue from an eye that includes inserting a device including an array of micro-rods into an eye, wherein at least one glass micro-rod of the array of glass micro-rods includes a sharp feature; contacting a scar tissue with the array of micro-rods; and removing the array of micro-rods and the scar tissue from the eye. In another embodiment, the present invention provides a medical device for engaging a tissue including and an array of glass micro-rods, wherein at least one glass micro-rod of the array of glass micro-rods includes a sharp feature opposite a base of the array of glass micro-rods that is connected to the cannula, wherein the sharp feature of the at least one micro-rod is angled from a plane that is normal to a face of the base of the array of glass micro-rods.
BRITTON, Charles L. (Alcoa, TN), D'URSO, Brian R. (Clinton, TN), CHAUM, Edward (Memphis, TN), SIMPSON, John T. (Clinton, TN), BABA, Justin S. (Knoxville, TN), ERICSON, M. Nance (Knoxville, TN), WARMACK, Robert J. (Knoxvile, TN)
University of Tennessee Research Foundation (Knoxvilee TN), UT-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge TN)
13/ 867,783
April 22, 2013
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT [0002] This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. DE-AC05-000R22725 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in this invention.