A protocol to inject ocular drug implants into mouse eyes

STAR Protoc. 2022 Jan 29;3(1):101143. doi: 10.1016/j.xpro.2022.101143. eCollection 2022 Mar 18.


Ocular drug implants (ODIs) are beneficial for treating ocular diseases. However, the lack of a robust injection approach for small-eyed model organisms has been a major technical limitation in developing ODIs. Here, we present a cost-effective, minimally invasive protocol to deliver ODIs into the mouse vitreous called Mouse Implant Intravitreal Injection (MI3). MI3 provides two alternative surgical approaches (air-pressure or plunger) to deliver micro-scaled ODIs into milli-scaled eyes, and expands the preclinical platforms to determine ODIs' efficacy, toxicity, and pharmacokinetics. For complete details on the use and execution of this protocol, please refer to Sun et al. (2021).

Keywords: Biotechnology and bioengineering; Health Sciences; Model Organisms.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Drug Implants / pharmacology
  • Intravitreal Injections
  • Mice
  • Vitreous Body*


  • Drug Implants