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Artificial cornea offers better results for infants, some blind patients

eek for a few months to encourage the growth of new tissue ?all in an effort to help a patient's body accept the new device?and then implant the whole structure in the patient's eye

Traditional corneas still constitute the great majority of transplants, with approximately 40,000 performed in the United States each year. About half the patients need a new cornea because of complications after cataract surgery, while others have conditions like severe eye infections, severely misshapen corneas, or congenital causes like glaucoma that have damaged the cornea. Aquavella said the advent of a trouble-free artificial cornea or K-Pro is good news for those patients.

"In the past, people have thought that keratoprosthesis, or an artificial cornea, was only for patients who were in disastrous circumstances, who couldn't receive a cornea the traditional way," Aquavella said. "Now, because of improvements in materials and in surgical technique, this should be the first choice for some patients."
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Source:University of Rochester Medical Center


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