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Artificial Cornea To Reach Patients This Year

June 7th, 2010 06:12 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

kkleiner writes “A German-lead team of researchers has developed a new version of an opthalmological polymer to which the eye will bond and still function normally. ‘The new polymer could help restore sight to thousands waiting for corneal transplants around the world. The artificial cornea has passed clinical trials and is ready to see expanded use in patients this year. … In order to work in the human body, an artificial cornea has to meet some rather stringent requirements. First, it has to bond to the human eye around its edge … The center of the artificial cornea, however, does not promote cell growth and remains clear so that it can be seen through. The artificial cornea also has to move freely with the eyelid and balance moisture on its faces.’”

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