Nictavi is a value driven ophthalmic niche medical device startup.

Eye Care Medical Device with a Personal Origin Story

Nictavi is an eye care product manufacturer and wholesaler deriving our forward-thinking innovations from a personal passion for preserving sight and reducing suffering.

Experienced Eye Care Professionals

Eye care professionals, care givers, and people suffering with eye and eyelid health issues can finally treat, protect and heal, using a device and method that revolutionizes the use of eyelid closure as a treatment and therapy.

The Nictavi Promise

We innovate, design, and offer premium quality eye care products with the aim of preserving sight and improving the user experience.

In the News with Nictavi

Better Solution for Eyelid Closure

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Hosts CTIP Accelerator Symposium Advocating for Patient Voice in Development of Pediatric Medical Devices

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Hosts CTIP Accelerator Symposium Advocating for Patient Voice in Development of Pediatric Medical Devices

Founder’s Story

Nathan Horner, a visionary artist, surfer and entrepreneur, is the driving force behind this groundbreaking venture. Enduring a remarkable ocular medical journey culminating in the installation of an artificial cornea, Nathan was inspired by his personal experiences to create his own company. He underwent the arduous procedure of having his eye sewn closed, a Lateral Tarsorrhaphy, on three separate occasions, each time for a month to encourage corneal healing.

In his pursuit of alternatives to this challenging process, Nathan discovered a disheartening truth: there were no existing market solutions for achieving effective eyelid closure. Frustrated by the lack of suitable options, which were not only uncomfortable but also inefficient, he resolved to find a better way.

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Drawing upon his ingenuity and unwavering determination, Nathan conceived and patented the innovative Tarsus Eyelid Patch, subsequently establishing his company, Nictavi in 2019. The core mission of Nictavi revolves around preserving sight, reducing suffering, and enhancing the overall experience of eyelid closure for users.

The Tarsus Eyelid Patch serves as a revolutionary tool that transforms the eyelid into a protective and healing bandage for the eye. By stabilizing the eyelid, retaining moisture, minimizing infection risks, and facilitating healing, this pioneering device and method offers a simple application process and painless removal, leaving no annoying residues behind.


CTIP Portfolio Member (the West Coast Consortium for Technology & Innovation in Pediatrics)

Winner of the FDA-funded 2020 CTIP Catalyzing Pediatric Innovation Grant

In 2022 Nictavi was recognized as one of the 15 most innovative startups in Optometry by the American Academy of Optometry.

“Join us in our mission to preserve sight, reduce suffering and improve the eyelid closure experience.”

– Nathan Horner, Founder and CEO

Nictavi Tarsus Eyelid Patch

Nictavi’s Tarsus Eyelid Patch replaces antiquated, uncomfortable, eyelid closure devices and techniques for addressing and treating a variety of applicable eye health issues using eyelid closure. Our Tarsus Eyelid Patch uses eyelid closure to make your eyelid a bandage for your eye, retaining moisture, reducing the risk of infection, stabilizing the eyelid and encouraging healing. We’ve created an eye care product that is a user tolerant method of sustaining therapeutic eyelid closure that ensures easy application and painless removal without annoying residues. The Tarsus Eyelid Patch is utilized by clinicians, caregivers, in hospitals, clinics and by end users, around the globe. Our patch sustains eyelid closure with unparalleled comfort. It improves patient compliance, satisfaction, and therapy treatment outcomes, providing a leap in value to our customers and the end-users.
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