Researchers at an Israeli startup developed artificial cornea implants for those who suffer from diseases of the cornea, bringing hope to millions of blind or visually impaired individuals.
The nanotech-based solution by CorNeat Vision of Ra’anana is a synthetic cornea that uses advanced cell technology to integrate artificial optics within ocular tissue…
According to the World Health Organization, diseases of the cornea are the second leading cause of blindness worldwide, second only to cataracts. As many as 30 million people are affected, with around two million new cases each year.
“Though [corneal diseases are] a profound cause of distress and disability, existing solutions such as corneal transplantation are carried out only about 200,000 times a year worldwide,” said 47-year-old CorNeat Vision CEO and VP R&D Almog Aley-Raz.
“There exists an urgent need for an efficient, long-lasting and affordable solution to corneal pathology, injury and blindness, which would alleviate the suffering and disability of millions of people.”