Synthetic cornea allows vision to be restored

A visually impaired citizen he regained his sight with the help of an artificial cornea, a 78 – year – old patient who has been blind for the past few years. The venture was made possible by the company CorNeat, and this is the first implant that allows the replacement of a damaged cornea without the need for human donors. The patient is immediately after the operation could recognized family members, and to read the numbers written on the card which was a few feet away from him.

The cornea is a transparent, circular front part of the eye, which serves as protection, and can be damaged due to mechanical injuries or diseases. Artificial corneas have existed before, but due to the complexity of the operation, they were usually the last choice of the doctor. CorNeat implant requires a fairly simple procedure, with a minimum number of incisions, so doctors are expected to adopt it quickly.

Ten patients in Israel are waiting for their implants, since they received the green light for operations. Testing should begin as well in Canada, and in France, the United States, and the Netherlands. The implant does not contain electronic elements, a the creators point out that it could help more than a robotic eye.

Source: Engadget

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