Corneal Wound Repair

The Corneal Wound Repair Program is grant funded by the Department of Defense to develop front-line use products that can save damaged corneas and preserve eyesight after blast and chemical injuries. The program is a partnership with the United States Army, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Missouri State University and The University of Colorado.

Five products / deliverables the grant supports:

1.First Aid Lens applied to an eye directly following an injury to protect and stabilize, provide drug delivery for 1-3 days, reduce risk of infection and improve visual outcomes.

2.Healing Lens applied to an eye to modulate the healing process, designed to protect and speed healing and recovery, provide drug delivery for 1-3 months and improve visual outcomes.

3.Corneal Adhesive to be applied to corneal lacerations to aid in stabilization of injury, provide drug delivery, reduce risk of infection and improve visual outcomes.

4.Passive Thermal Device for transport of amniotic membrane to injured soldiers.

5.Tear Proteomics Research to determine proteins found in a tear that are involved in the wounding and healing processes of the eye and allow for future drug development and tear diagnosis.

Shachar Tauber, MD

Dr. Shachar Tauber joined Mercy Clinic-Eye Specialists in 2004. He is a corneal and refractive surgeon and director of ophthalmic research. He received his undergraduate degree from Washington University, St. Louis in 1983 and his medical degree from Tulane School of Medicine, New Orleans in 1992. He went on to complete his residency in the Department of Ophthalmology there. Dr. Tauber is board certified in Ophthalmology, Cornea Surgery, Refractive Surgery and Ophthalmic Research. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and the International Ocular Surface Society. He's a member of the Unite for Sight Board of Directors and the AAO Self-Assessment Committee.


Corneal Wound Repair