Synthetic Corneal cells to Restore Vision?

Scientists in Australia have developed a technique for growing corneal cells in thin layers in labs which can then be implanted into the eye to restore vision lost to corneal damage. The method, which has so far been successfully demonstrated in animal trials, has the possibility to perform better that traditional corneal transplants. These new film cells have potential to dramatically increase access to corneal transplants, which could hopefully change the lives of some ten million people worldwide.

We were joined in the studio by Doctor Berkay Ozcelik, Biomedical engineer at the University of Melbourne to discuss this new technique. Ozcelik also hopes to begin clinical trials next year.

Produced by Liam Cormican 

Wednesday 17th of August, 2016

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