A new invisible film made from healthy corneal cells could restore vision to millions

Scientists in Australia have developed a technique for growing corneal cells on a thin layer of film in the lab, which can then be implanted into the eye to restore vision lost to corneal damage.

The method, which has so far been successfully demonstrated in animal trials, could have the potential to dramatically increase access to corneal transplants – which could change the lives of some 10 million people worldwide.

“We believe that our new treatment performs better than a donated cornea, and we hope to eventually use the patient’s own cells, reducing the risk of rejection,” says biomedical engineer Berkay Ozcelik, who led the research while at the University of Melbourne. “Further trials are required but we hope to see the treatment trialled in patients next year.” Source: A new invisible film made from healthy corneal cells could restore vision to millions

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