New treatment "could prevent cornea transplants"

New treatment "could prevent cornea transplants"

A new form of eye treatment could prevent the need for hundreds of people a year to undergo cornea transplants, it has been claimed.

According to a recent study carried out by experts at the Manchester Face and Eye Clinic, it may be possible to use a form of microwave emission to treat the eye and help remedy keratoconus, which affects 30,000 people in the UK alone, Sky News reported.

By using ultra high temperatures targeted at the cornea, the front of the eye shrinks slightly and the normal, spherical shape of the eyeball is restored.

A burst of UV light is then fired, which stays within the cornea and helps to prevent any further deterioration of the organ.

Meanwhile, a recent study carried out by specialists at the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine, could hold great promise for future treatments through regenerating skin stem cells, which can help to repair the corneas, experts claim.

by Adrian Galbreth

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