An artificial cornea has been successfully developed by CorNeat Vision, which when implanted in the eye of a man who lost his sight a decade ago restored his vision.
According to CorNeat Vision,the implant replaces deformed, scarred or opacified corneas as it melds with the eye wall. The device is designed to integrate with ocular tissue using a patented synthetic non-degradable nanofabric skirt, which is placed under the conjunctiva.
Following the procedure, the company reported that the patient was able to recognize his family and read words.
"The moment we took off the bandages was emotional and significant,” Dr. Bahar said in a statement. “Moments like these are the fulfillment of our calling as doctors. We are proud of being at the forefront of this exciting and meaningful project which will undoubtedly impact the lives of millions.”
The company is looking forward to approve artificial cornea as a first line treatment, displacing the use of donor tissue used in full thickness corneal transplantations.