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Subject EXCELLENT IDEA OF THE DAY: ARTIFICIAL CORNEAS
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Original Message Purely artificial corneas could restore sight to patients that don't respond to transplants.

When people go blind, it's often because the cornea is damaged or infected. Many get corneal transplants, but not every patient responds to these, and the supply of eye donors can't always meet demand. One answer is an artificial cornea.

At the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research in Potsdam, Germany, a team of scientists is working on a cornea made of polymer with a coating that would bond to a patient's eye.
The project is being led by Dr. Joachim Storsberg, who has been working with various institutions to develop artificial corneas since 2005. He's had some success in developing corneas for people with certain types of disease, and initial studies of artificial corneas seem promising.

There are some kinds of "artificial" corneas that are used in the United States, but those are made from a patient's own tissue rather than being entirely artificial. There also has been work on developing synthetic corneas using collagen, a biological material.

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