The Blind Will See!
In a first for Israeli startup Corneat Vision, Professor Irit Bahar, director of the Ophthalmology Department at Rabin Medical Center in Israel, implanted an artificial cornea for Jamal Furani, a 78 year old Haifa man. Declared legally blind, he suffered from edema, and other conditions, including a damaged cornea “causing a decade of vision loss and defining him as legally blind.”
Following the procedure and “the removal of bandages, Furani was able to read text and recognize family members.”
Dr. Gilad Litvin, Co-Founder of Corneat Vision, also Chief Medical Officer, and the inventor of the artificial cornea, said of the successful implant, “After years of hard work, seeing a colleague implant the Corneat K Pro (the artificial cornea) with ease and witnessing a fellow human being regain his sight the following day was electrifying and emotionally moving, there were a lot of tears in the room. This is an extremely important milestone for Corneat Vision.”
The World Health Organization (World Health Organization) estimates that 2 million people a year suffer from corneal blindness. Now for them and many others there is hope to restore their sight thanks to Corneat Vision in Israel.
(Source: The Times of Israel)