Corneal transplant "improves children"s lives"

Corneal transplant "improves children"s lives"

Children who undergo corneal transplants enjoy both improved vision and more enjoyable lives, one study author has stated.

A team of researchers led by Dr Keryn Williams have tracked transplant success and visual outcomes in 640 young patients who received new corneas between 1985 and 2009 and published the work in the journal Ophthalmology.

According to the experts, the highest rate of transplant success was seen in adolescent patients treated for keratoconus, with 75 per cent achieving 20/40 vision or better and 90 per cent still having viable corneas at their ten-year follow-up.

"Vision improvement was substantial for children of all age groups in whom grafts succeeded, and we can safely assume this had a significant positive impact on their social and educational development," Dr Williams said.

Meanwhile, new drugs to target visual sensitivity may be produced thanks to an unexpected discovery by German researchers studying the effects of arrestin.

by Adrian Galbreth

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