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Friday, August 19, 2016

Growing And Implanting Artificial Corneas

Scientists Can Now Grow And Implant Artificial Corneas

The technology could lead to rejection-free cornea implants in humans.

Charlie Sorrel | August 18, 2016

Scientists have successfully grown artificial corneas and transplanted them into living eyes. The trials took place in animals, but the same technology could lead to rejection-free cornea implants in humans.
The cornea is the transparent layer that covers the front of your eye and is responsible in large part for the focusing of the eye. It is also the part that is cut when you have corrective vision surgery. Damage can be done by injury, and illness and age can both cause the cornea to cloud.
Currently, when somebody requires a cornea implant, they need a human donor.

"“We believe that our new treatment performs better than a donated cornea, and we hope to eventually use the patient’s own cells, reducing the risk of rejection,” says Berkay Ozcelik who developed the film working at the University of Melbourne." Source;
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<more at; related articles and links; (A new invisible film made from healthy corneal cells could restore vision to millions. Clinical trials could start as soon as next year. August 16, 2016) and (Curing blindness by repairing corneas with invisible films. August 15, 2016)>

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