Physicochemical properties of hydrogels for use in ophthalmology

B.J. Tighe*

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Abstract

This chapter deals with the physicochemical aspects of structure-property relationships in hydrogels, with particular reference to their application in optometry and ophthalmology. It demonstrates the ways in which the amount of water contained in the hydrogel network can be manipulated by changes in copolymer composition, and illustrates the advantages and limitations imposed by use of water as a means of influencing surface, transport and mechanical properties of the gel. The chapter then proceeds to show how interpenetrating networks and macroporous materials, in which behaviour is not so centrally dominated by the equilibrium water content as is the case with homogeneous hydrogels, provide advantageous ways of extending the properties of these interesting materials. 2010 Woodhead Publishing Limited All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBiomaterials and regenerative medicine in ophthalmology
EditorsTraian V. Chirila
Place of PublicationCambridge (UK)
PublisherWoodhead
Pages496-523
Number of pages28
ISBN (Print)978-1-84569-443-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Publication series

NameWoodhead Publishing Series in Biomaterials
PublisherWoodhead

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    Physicochemical properties of hydrogels for use in ophthalmology

    Tighe, B. J. & Mann, A., 21 Apr 2016, Biomaterials and regenerative medicine in ophthalmology. Chirila, T. V. & Harkin, D. G. (eds.). 2nd ed. London (UK): Woodhead, p. 75-100 26 p. (Woodhead Publishing Series in Biomaterials; no. 112).

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    Tighe, B. J., 2009, Biomaterials and regenerative medicine in ophthalmology. Chirila, T. V. (ed.). Cambridge (UK): Woodhead, p. 304-336 33 p. (Woodhead Publishing Series in Biomaterials).

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  • Cite this

    Tighe, B. J. (2010). Physicochemical properties of hydrogels for use in ophthalmology. In T. V. Chirila (Ed.), Biomaterials and regenerative medicine in ophthalmology (pp. 496-523). (Woodhead Publishing Series in Biomaterials). Woodhead. https://doi.org/10.1533/9781845697433.3.496