An Israeli company, CorNeat, has corrected a man’s blindness by successfully implanting an artificial cornea to the patient.
Israeli start-up CorNeat is making headway against blindness with a medical procedure that can heal blindness! The company recently succeeded in transplanting an artificial cornea into a blind 78-year-old’s eye. The man has been blind for 10 years!
The CorNeat KPro implant is designed to replace damaged corneas. Professor Irit Bahar, head of the Ophthalmology department of Rabin Medical Center in Petah Tikva, performed the procedure.
“The lens of the device is designed to integrate with ocular tissue using a patented synthetic non-degradable nano fabric skirt, which is placed under the conjunctiva,” Israel HaYom explained last July.
When the bandages were removed, it was an emotional moment! The blind man was able to recognize his family members and has since been able to read after 10 years of living in the darkness.
“The surgical procedure was straightforward and the result exceeded all of our expectations. The moment we took off the bandages was emotional and significant. Moments like these are the fulfillment of our calling as doctors. We are proud of being at the forefront of this exciting and meaningful project which will undoubtedly impact the lives of millions,” Dr. Irit said.
CorNeat KPro inventor, Dr. Gilad Litvin, expressed his uncontainable joy after witnessing that unforgettable moment.
“Unveiling this first implanted eye and being in that room, at that moment, was surreal,” Dr. Gilad said. “After years of hard work, seeing a colleague implant the CorNeat KPro with ease, and witnessing a fellow human being regain his sight the following day was electrifying and emotionally moving, there were a lot of tears in the room.”
This innovation might be the “key to turning the tide on global blindness!”