A message from the inventor / Founder.
My name is Nathan Horner from Hollywood, Ca. I am a Father, Artist, Surfer, Inventor, and the Founder and CEO of Nictavi.
My future’s so bright I gotta wear shades. But that’s not why I wear them. They’re prescription. For over 2 decades I have had surgeries on my left eye, and an infection that left me blind for a year in that eye.
For 12 years, I have seen out of my left eye through an artificial. Over that time there were issues with surface defects on the donor cornea tissue that surrounds my artificial cornea.
By stabilizing the eyelid in the closed position for varying amounts of time as prescribed, the eyelid becomes its own bandage. So, to heal corneal surface defects, my eye was partially sewn closed for a month, 3 different times using a Lateral Tarsorrhaphy. There was nothing on the market to hold the eye closed comfortably. So, from the patients’ perspective, I created an innovative eye closure device, the patented Tarsus Eyelid Patch, making it the ultimate Human-Centered Design Product. Having 16 years of knowledge and experience with materials and adhesives, from my day job at a graphics printing company at the time, was a unique benefit in the process.
When the Tarsus Patch is applied to the closed upper eyelid, the adhesion conforms the patch to the curvatures of the eyeball, on the eyelid, and the under brow, it acquires form and structure, holding the eyelid in the closed position in resistance to the retraction of the levator muscle.
Nictavi is a CTIP portfolio member (the West Coast Consortium for Technology & Innovation in Pediatrics), and winner of the FDA-funded 2020 CTIP Catalyzing Pediatric Innovation Grant.
Our goal is to supply our Tarsus Eyelid Patch for eyelid closure to health systems and end-users across the country and around the world. Nictavi currently has product from the CTIP grant. We have champions for our product at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles (CHLA) in Dr. Eyal Benisaac in pediatrics, Dr. Olivia Cheng, Dr. Angeline Nguyen in the Vision Center. The Tarsus Eyelid Patches are currently in clinical use by these doctors there. Our product is also in clinical use at UCLA's Jules Stein Eye Institute, in the clinic of Dr. Anthony Aldave head of the cornea division.
The Tarsus Eyelid Patch is ideal for attaining eyelid closure for many applications, such as encouraging the healing corneal abrasions and injuries, preventing corneal erosion due to exposure, addressing lazy eye, nocturnal use for stroke survivors, and those with bell’s palsy, or those who suffer from dry eyes due to lagophthalmos. There is also a big need in the ICU for those in medically induced comas, as well as during and after surgeries, addressing keratopathy, and for the elderly with eye health complications. This product also can be used in tandem with other products or medicines that require sustained eyelid closure as a part of the therapy.
Nictavi is a value driven ophthalmological niche medical device startup.
The name lends itself to be an umbrella for all types of eye related products.
Nictavi Brand Narrative
Our Promise: We innovate, design, and offer premium quality eye care products with
the aim of preserving sight and improving the user experience.
Our Purpose: We are an eye care product manufacturer and wholesaler deriving our
forward-thinking innovations from a personal passion for preserving sight and reducing
Our Signature Product: Our Tarsus Eyelid Patch uses eyelid closure to make your
eyelid a band-aid for your eye, retaining moisture, reducing the risks 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.
Unique Benefits: With a leap of value, 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.
What Sets Us Apart: 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.
Helping you rest assured about your eyelid closure.
"Join us in our mission to preserve sight, reduce suffering, and improve
people’s quality of life.” – Founder and CEO: Nathan Horner
Meet the Team
Join me in improving eye care products, and share my driving ambition and passion to preserve peoples sight.
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