First Person Receives Artificial Cornea

New medical breakthroughs are helping improve the quality of our visions. 

Earlier this year, CorNeat, an Israeli firm, in conjunction with doctors from the Rabin Medical Center Department of Ophthalmology successfully implanted an artificial cornea – the KNet. The implant is designed to merge with the natural tissue allowing it to integrate directly with optical nerves within the eye’s wall and replacing scarred and/or damaged cornea tissue. (The cornea is the clear shield that protects the frontal part of the eye.)

The recipient was a 78-year-old man, who after his procedure was able to pass a traditional eye exam identifying numbers and letters from a distance.

Professor Irit Bahar, director of the Ophthalmology Department at Rabin Medical Center said, “The surgical procedure was straightforward and the result exceeded all of our expectations.”

Currently, the hospital has an additional 10 people signed up to receive the implant.

“The moment we took off the bandages was an emotional and significant moment. We are proud of being at the forefront of this exciting and meaningful project which will undoubtedly impact the lives of millions,” said Bahar.

Through the use of biomimetic technology KNet receives colonizing collagen and fibroblast cells from surrounding tissue, allowing it to gradually permanently embed within the eyeball.

CorNeat Vision co-founder Dr. Gilad Litvin said, “After years of hard work, seeing a colleague implant the CorNeat KPro with ease and witnessing a fellow human being regain his sight the following day was electrifying and emotionally moving, there were a lot of tears in the room.”

Source: Good News Network