Intravitreal drug delivery

Omar Saleh, Mark Ihnen, Shlomit Schaal

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To achieve an ocular therapeutic effect, it is necessary that the desired drug is delivered to the target tissues in adequate concentrations and for an adequate duration of time. To reach the innermost tissues of the eye, such as the retina or the retinal pigment epithelium, such an objective can be rather challenging. Intrinsic anatomic and physiologic properties of the eye impose qualitative and quantitative limitations to the design of an efficient drug delivery system. The eye is a relatively isolated organ that receives a small share of the cardiac blood flow. It is essentially a fluid-filled cavity engulfed by avascular tissues, and it has multiple blood-ocular barriers. These factors complicate the dynamics of penetration and distribution of drugs inside the eye.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDrug Delivery
Subtitle of host publicationAn Integrated Clinical and Engineering Approach
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages36
ISBN (Electronic)9781466565951
ISBN (Print)9781466565944
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)


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