Lab-made templates, which mimic the film-like corneal tissue covering the outer eye, could help to reduce blindness worldwide, according to a recent study published in Science Translational Medicine. repair damage and restore sight. (c) Image courtesy of Ottawa Hospital Research Institute" alt="Biosynthetic corneas" />
Per Fagerholm, of Linköping University, Sweden, and colleagues from Canada and the USA transplanted biosynthetic corneal templates into ten patients, and monitored them closely for two years. Promisingly, in nine out of ten patients they became completely integrated into the eye, with the patients' nerves and cells regenerating and populating the biosynthetic corneas. With the addition of rigid corrective contact lenses, improvements in sight were seen in all patients.
Listen to an interview with May Griffith, University of Linköping, Sweden