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Retinal instrument

United States Patent

8,425,596
April 23, 2013
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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. (Knoxville, TN)
UT-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge, TN), University of Tennessee Research Foundation (Knoxville, TN)
12/ 052,992
20090240271
March 21, 2008
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. DE-AC05-00OR22725 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in this invention.