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Jakarta Post

Artificial corneal transplant proven to correct corneal blindness

Jakarta   /   Wed, October 26 2011   /  09:56 am

For eyes: Leonard Ang checks eyes of a patient in his clinic in Singapore. Courtesy of Leonard AngCorneal blindness is the second commonest cause of treatable blindness in the world after cataract, with more than 20 million cases globally. While conventional corneal transplants can successfully restore vision in patients by replacing the diseased cornea, there is always a risk of cornea graft rejection and failure.

There are many severe cornea diseases such as chemical burns, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, where conventional corneal transplantation is associated with a high risk of graft failure.  

When the cornea grafts fail, patients lose their sight again. A repeat corneal transplantation is associated with a significantly higher chance of rejection and failure and these patients often require immuno-suppression which can cause serious systemic side effects. More than 9...