Lab made cornea offers new hope for restored vision
"Our goal was actually just to test the safety of these corneas in humans so the improvement in vision was a real bonus for us."
- Dr May Griffith, professor of regenerative medicine at Linkopings University
Corneas made in the laboratory have markedly improved the sight of 10 Swedish patients with significant vision loss.
Produced entirely from synthetic collagen, the implants offer the tantalising possibility for a replacement to human donor tissues.
The custom-made corneas work by prompting regeneration of the nerves and cells in the eye.
This is the first time vision has been restored in this way.