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An improved gel for detached retinas

Surgical repair of a detached retina involves the injection of a gas or silicone oil into the eye to hold the retina in place. The development of a gel with more-desirable properties than these substances might improve the success of this procedure.

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Figure 1: A fresh look at retinal surgery.


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Chang, S. An improved gel for detached retinas. Nature 543, 319–320 (2017).

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