Dr Di Girolamo and Dr Watson of The University of New South Wales, have made a major breakthrough in their quest to restore sight to sufferers of blinding corneal disease. According to the researchers “Sight was significantly improved within weeks of the procedure, which is simple, inexpensive and requires a minimal hospital stay.”
All three patients in the trial suffered from extensive corneal damage or aniridia. The researchers are “hopeful the technique can be adapted for use in other parts of the eye, such as the retina, and even in other organs.”
A paper detailing the breakthrough appears in the high-impact journal Transplantation this week. You can find more information on the UNSW website.