Currently, when the clear outer lens on the front of the eye (cornea) needs to be replaced, the cornea of a donor is used to conduct a corneal transplant. One of the most common transplants performed, it is often recommended for patients with vision problems caused by a thinning cornea (usually due to keratoconus), scarring of the cornea (due to infection or injury), or vision loss caused by cloudiness of the cornea (usually due to Fuchs’ dystrophy).
While current procedures call for harvesting donor tissue from deceased individuals, researchers were recently able to regrow human corneal tissue using adult-derived human stem cells. The ability to regrow corneal tissue may have a great impact on the lives of many since loss of corneal tissue is one of the leading causes of blindness. It is hoped that this may lead to the future use of stem cells in reversing corneal damage.
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