New developments with degradable polymers are allowing medicine to be given to patients through contact lenses instead of traditional eye drops. Researchers believe that in many cases, using the contacts will be a better solution for patients than eye drops. The contacts can hold a greater dose of dexamethasone, which helps to fight inflammation in the eyes, as compared to drops. In addition, the slow dissolution of the medicine in the contact lenses allows for more gradual doses of medicine, whereas in eye drops, all of the medicine comes at once. On top of all of those benefits, the degradable polymer contacts are cheaper to develop compared to existing solutions.
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