Corneal transplant uses tiny sliver of tissue

11/11/2013 | Indian Express (New Delhi), The

Surgeons in India used a sliver of a cadaver donor's cornea, less than half the diameter of a human hair, and transplanted it into a blind man, restoring his sight. The technique was developed by Amar Agarwal of Dr. Agarwal's Eye Hospital in Chennai. "Instead of taking a whole cornea or even half a cornea, we are now taking only the innermost three layers, where the thickness is only about 25 micron, and transplanting it," said Agarwal.

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