Being a corneal transplant recipient, reading about an artificial cornea really interested me. You can read my corneal transplant story here, My Windows Of The Soul.
For those who may not know, the cornea is a protective layer that covers the pupil and iris of our eyes. It’s what helps your eye focus light in order to see clearly. If it is damaged, it causes sight to be diminished, sometimes leading to blindness.
Corneal transplants are very common and have been done using a donor cornea. I will always be grateful to my corneal donor and his family.
On January 11, 2021, the first successful artificial corneal transplant, developed by an Israeli firm, CorNeat, was performed on a 78 year old blind man. A deformed cornea led to this man losing his eyesight for 10 years.
The KNet implant works by merging with natural human tissue and replaces a scared or damaged cornea. The surgery has been said to be relatively simple and can be preformed in under an hour.
The artificial corneal transplant was performed in Israel, at the Beilinson Hospital (Rabin Medical Center). The director of the Ophthalmology Department, Prof. Irit Bahar, performed the procedure.