This Implant Helps A Blind Man Regain His Eyesight Immediately After Surgery

Aadhya Khatri - Jan 20, 2021


This Implant Helps A Blind Man Regain His Eyesight Immediately After Surgery

A blind 78-year-old man, after receiving a new corneal implant, has had his eyesight back

A blind 78-year-old man, after receiving a new corneal implant, has had his eyesight back.

Developed by CorNeat, the implant, called KPro is the first of its kind that can be integrated into the eyewall to act as a substitute for deformed or scarred corneas without tissue from a donor. After the surgery, the 78-year-old could see his family and read numbers.

CorNeat KPro
Developed by CorNeat, the implant, called KPro is the first of its kind that can be integrated into the eyewall to act as a substitute for deformed or scarred corneas

The front of the eyes is protected by a clear layer called the corona which can scar or degenerate for many reasons.

The common treatment in this case is cornea ring implants but if this method doesn’t work, doctors will have to come to the last resort - artificial cornea implants. KPro has the advantage over its predecessor for the simple procedure, requiring minimal cutting and stitches.

The video above explains exactly how the implant works. The result here is the KPro is completely transplanted into the patient’s eyewall.

According to CorNeat, 10 patients are on the waitlist to receive the corneal implant in Israel. The company plans to operate two more in Canada. In the Netherlands, France, and the U.S, six patients are on the approval list.

While the corneal implant has no electronics, it’s more useful to restore eyesight than many robotic eyes.

As said by Dr. Gilad Litvin, co-founder of CorNeat Vision, witnessing a patient regained his eyesight right after the surgery was emotionally and electrifying moving.

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