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ISU researcher performs first veterinary corneal implant procedure in US
Date:5/12/2008

and an owner who is pleased."

Dixie has been a patient of Grozdanic for four years during which he had worked to restore, or at least retain, Dixie's deteriorating eyesight.

According to Grozdanic, corneal transplants -- using live corneal tissue from other dogs -- have a low success rate because of the high likelihood of rejection.

Canine implant corneas being produced by Acrivet are not made from biomaterial so rejection is unlikely.

Another problem with getting a transplant from a donor dog is that the cornea may turn into scar tissue during the healing process.

"It's just a fact of the species," Grozdanic said.

Artificial corneal implants are somewhat common in humans. They have been performed for several years. It has taken time for the procedure to take place in dogs.

"Humans need to work and drive cars and read, so they are more likely to have the surgery," said Grozdanic. "As long as dogs can see and have a pretty good quality of life, owners are reluctant to put them through this type of procedure. And my advice to them would be 'Don't take the risk.' But when the quality of life is severely affected, those are candidates for this procedure. We're very glad it worked out for Dixie."


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Contact: Sinisa Grozdanic
sgrozdan@iastate.edu
515-294-4900
Iowa State University
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