Sunday, October 2, 2022

Blind people recover their vision thanks to pig collagen corneas

Researchers and entrepreneurs have developed An implant made of collagen protein from pig skin that resembles human cornea and restored vision to 20 people, most of them are blind. This is explained in a study led by researchers from Linköping University and the company Linkocare Life Sciences AB (Sweden), and published in the journal “Nature Biotechnology.”

The results of that study offer hope for people with corneal blindness and low vision by providing a bioengineered implant As an alternative to transplanting donated human corneas, which are in short supply in countries where they are most needed, Notifies Servimedia.

Around 12.7 million people worldwide have lost their vision because their corneawhich is the outermost transparent layer of the eye, are damaged or diseased, The only way to get his vision back is to get a transplanted cornea from a human donor, but only one in 70 gets it. In addition, the majority of people who need a corneal transplant survive In low- and middle-income countries, where access to treatment is limited.

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