Artificial Cornea Gives True Rays Of Hope

by Medindia Content Team on  October 11, 2007 at 6:41 PM Indian Health News   - G J E 4
Artificial Cornea Gives True Rays Of Hope
Narayana Nethralaya in Bangalore has proudly announced India's first artificial corneal implant. As of now, only about 20 centers perform the procedure in the world.

Hospital chairman Bhujang Shetty announced the good news on the eve of World Sight Day (October 11). According to Dr. Shetty, the artificial cornea, technically known as AlphaCor, is an approved product of the Food and Drug Administration of the U.S. AlphaCor is a biocompatible, flexible, artificial cornea designed to replace scarred or diseased cornea tissue.

Doctors usually opt for implantation of artificial cornea in patients who have had multiple failed corneal transplants or for those in whom a donor graft is likely to fail.

AlphaCor's features aim at promoting retention, minimize post-operative complications and restore vision in patients who could not receive or were unlikely to have a beneficial outcome from a human donor graft, Dr Shetty stressed

Developed by Western Australia's Lions Eye Institute, AlphaCor is a biocompatible and flexible polymer with a sponge rim in which millions of pores are drilled by a special laser. The piece is placed on the eye where cells and blood vessels grow in the holes and ensure the artificial cornea remains anchored. There is no fear of the body rejecting the tissue or need for extended use of systemic immune suppression because the cornea is artificial, adds the doctor.

The surgery is performed in two stages. Initially, AlphaCor is implanted into the cornea and a protective conjunctival flap created. Later, the protective flap is removed to allow light to pass through the central clear zone to restore vision. The artificial cornea is imported from the United States and costs between Rs. 2.5 lakh to Rs. 3 lakh, Dr. Shetty says. He added that the price tag could come down once the product was widely used across the country.

The two recipients - Bhargavi (17) of Madanapalle and Krishnamurthy (61) of Koppal - however, did not have to pay as the company had offered it free. A team of doctors comprising Rohit Shetty, Anand and Himanshu performed the surgery.

Source: Medindia

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khalida Friday, July 1, 2011
As i have suffered Clinically diagnosed GCA in the Rt/- eye and have lost vision.At present i am on ahigh dose of Prdnisolon. I need an artificial Cornea implant. Advise me. : Arora V. K.
aroraVK Sunday, February 27, 2011
I need an artificial cornea for my eye .

gorban Sunday, January 17, 2010
I am from Nepal.I had injury in my right eye at 7 years old because when i was in my village at that time Little Egret hit my right eye since then i lost my vision...right now cornea of right eye is not same as left i have to wear artificial lense to make it look it possible for me to go for artificial cornea..???? as do not want to go with donor's one as chances of rejection is more please guide with your valuable suggestion...

raj_singh Thursday, July 9, 2009
I had injury in my right eye in 1983 since then i lost my vision...right now cornea of the same turned into whitish-blue i have to wear artificial lense to make it look it possible for me to go for artificial cornea..???? as do not want to go with donor's one as chances of rejection is more please guide with your valuable suggestion...
pinks29 Thursday, June 11, 2009
My wife is a corneal tranplant lat 2006. But unfortunately, the cornea is starting to be rejected.
I would like to inquire if she can be implanted with this artifial cornea.Is there a doctor in the Philippines who can do the procedure? And how can I buy this artificial cornea?

guest Monday, June 16, 2008
I was pleasantly surprised to read about the first artificial cornea being transplanted in India. I am a corneal surgeon and work at the Siliguri Greater Lions Eye Hospital where we do have facility for corneal grafting. Our work is handicapped greatly due to non availibility of cornea for transplantation with the result many patients who could otherwise be cured remain blind. And those who need keratoprosthesis also remain blind because most of the corneal blind patients are poor and the cost of the keratoprosthesis is beyond their reach. The news about artificial cornea is encouraging but the cost factor will again be a hindrance . I dont know if the company manufacturing these aids could supply atleast a few of them free of cost to our patients so that we the doctors may learn the procedure and at the same time help these poor blind patients.
guest Wednesday, October 17, 2007

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