Cornea implant from pig skin used to restore sight in Indian patients

Updated: Aug 12 2022 4:19PM

New Delhi, Aug 12 (PTI) Researchers have used an implant made from pig's skin to restore vision to 20 people in India and Iran with diseased corneas, most of whom were blind prior to the transplant.

The research, published on Thursday in the journal Nature Biotechnology, brings hope to those suffering from corneal blindness and low vision.

The international team, including researchers from AIIMS, New Delhi, used a bioengineered implant as an alternative to the transplantation of donated human corneas, which are scarce in countries where the need for them is greatest.