A 78-year-old legally blind man regained his sight after receiving the CorNeat KPro implant. This is claimed to be the world’s first artificial cornea that completely integrates with the eye wall with no reliance on donor tissue. The surgery was performed at the Rabin Medical Center, Israel, by Professor Irit Bahar, and upon removal of bandages, the CorNeat KPro immediately enabled the patient to read text as well as recognize family members. Read more to see how the synthetic cornea works.
It’s still in the clinical trial stages, with hopes in the near future to obtain CE Mark, FDA Clearance and China NMPA approval. So far, a total of 10 patients are approved for the trial at Rabin Medical Center in Israel with two additional sites planned to open later this month in Canada, along with six others at different stages in the approval process in France / US / Netherlands. The first trial includes blind patients who are not suitable candidates for- or have failed one or more corneal transplantations.
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The surgical procedure was straight forward and the result exceeded all of our expectations. The moment we took off the bandages was an emotional and significant moment. 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,” said Professor Irit Bahar, Director of the Ophthalmology Department.