Giving Sight to the Blind
Israel is renowned for its incredible advancements in technology, particularly in the medical field. It’s sometimes considered the “tech capital of the world” for its advanced innovations in its short history as a modern nation. Its latest development comes from CorNeat Vision, an Israeli startup that has just been approved “to conduct clinical trials of a synthetic cornea that bio-integrates with the human eye,” according to Israel Hayom.
Called the CorNeat KPro, the implant is designed to replace and immediately restore vision to deformed, scarred, or opacified corneas. Implanting the cornea takes less than an hour. The Health Ministry has approved 10 patients with corneal blindness to undergo the trial at Beilinson Hospital in Petach Tikva. Dr. Gilad Litvin, inventor of the KPro cornea, expects “it will enable millions of blind patients around the world, even in areas where there is no corneal practice nor culture of organ donation, to regain their sight.”
It’s encouraging to hear of the technological breakthroughs Israel enjoys at a time when many are limited in their work. If successful, this implant sounds like a monumental achievement in science. It takes my mind to John 9, when in this same land of Israel, Jesus restored sight to a man blind from birth. God’s blessing on the nation of Israel is eternal, and to see the blessing manifested through this medical development is a source of great hope for those who need their vision restored.