Each year millions of people worldwide get on the transplant list hoping to be lucky enough to make it the top and get the organs they need. With cornea transplants, it was discovered that one in 70 people that need this valuable part of the eye get it eventually, which raised the need for a non-human source for corneas.
Corneas - the lenses on the outmost part of the eye, are what makes our vision focus on objects and they also protect our eyes from external damages. Due to genetic deformities and also external damages, some people need their corneas to be replaced, and luckily now there is a solution for them.
A team of scientists from Newcastle University in the UK spearheaded by Che Connon, Professor of Tissue Engineering and Steve Swioklo, stated that they have successfully printed a 3D human cornea that is comprised of collagen and alginate combined with human cornea stem cells. It will take several years for the corneas to be available to people who need them, but this amazing medical advancement will some day be a part of the 3D organ printing industry that will revolutionize the world.
Source: YouTube/Newcastle University