Hospital performs world’s first artificial cornea transplant and blind elderly man regains vision – Prime Time Zone

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Identified as Jamal Furani, the patient had not seen for 10 years due to a corneal deformity

CorNeat VisionAfter removing the bandages, the patient was able to recognize family members and read a text

A 78-year-old man regained his eyesight after receiving an artificial corneal implant. The procedure was carried out by Professor Irit Bahar, director of the Department of Ophthalmology at Rabin Medical Center hospital, in Israel. After the surgery, the professional said that the result “surpassed all expectations”. For Bahar, the moment when the patient can see again was “exciting and significant”. “We are proud to be at the forefront of this exciting and meaningful project that will undoubtedly impact the lives of millions,” he said.

According to information from the Israeli startup CorNeat Vision, the company responsible for the manufacture of the KPro artificial implant, the patient, identified as Jamal Furani, had been blind for 10 years due to a corneal deformity. After removing the bandages, the patient was able to recognize family members and read a text. For the company’s co-founder, Dr. Gilad Litvin, it was exciting to be able, after years of work, to witness the moment when a human being regained his sight with an artificial implant. “Witnessing another human being regain his sight the next day was electrifying and emotionally moving,” he said.

The so-called CorNeat KPro is an implant developed to replace deformed, scarred or opaque corneas. The expectation of the company responsible for the product is that patients fully recover their vision after the implantation procedure, considered simple. Now, the company hopes to succeed with the synthetic alternative to change the lives of millions of people who have visual impairment related to the cornea.