World’s first eye transplant – level 3

15-11-2023 07:00

Surgeons in New York have achieved a groundbreaking feat by performing the first-ever whole-eye transplant in a human.

Though the patient Aaron Jame, hasn’t regained sight in the transplanted eye after a 21-hour surgery, the grafted eye has displayed positive signs of health, such as well-functioning blood vessels and a promising retina. Dr. Eduardo Rodriguez, leading the surgical team at NYU Langone Health, emphasized the historic significance of the eye transplant, a feat considered unattainable for centuries.

The recipient, a military veteran, initially underwent the surgery, part of a partial face transplant, due to a work-related electrical accident that damaged the left side of his face. While the current eye doesn’t communicate with the brain, the procedure opens possibilities for future advancements in vision restoration.

Difficult words: grafted (attached or secured through a surgical procedure called grafting), retina (a layer at the back of the eyeball), restoration (returning something to a former condition).

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What obstacles have been identified in regards to vision restoration, and how might the recent eye transplant surgery provide new strategies for overcoming these obstacles?


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