02.02.2011

Donor corneas "can help 2 patients"

Donor corneas "can help 2 patients"

By Adrian Galbreth

A donated cornea can help two patients at the same time, according to the latest study in the US.

Research carried out by Dr Claus Cursiefen, who is affiliated with Harvard School of Medicine, shows that there have been positive results when a new surgical strategy using a single donor cornea to help two patients with differing corneal diseases is used.

The study was published in February's Ophthalmology, the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and reveals that the approach restored vision in patients who had Fuchs' dystrophy and keratoconus.

According to the expert, it can help to reduce the need for multiple cornea donors to be used.

He explained: "In this exploratory study, we were able to use one cornea to successfully treat two patients, for ten of 12 consecutive donor corneas. Only twice during surgery did we find that a full corneal transplant, rather than DALK, was needed."

Meanwhile, 68-year-old Eugene Martin, the recent recipient of a cornea transplant, has hailed the operation as a major success and recommended it to other people with eye disease in an interview with the Herald Mail.

by Emily Tait


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