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3D printed model of Sars-CoV-2

COVID-19 Found in The Cornea: Are Transplants a Transmission Risk?

December 10, 2020

A multi-institutional study finds that COVID-19 can be found in post-mortem corneal tissue, highlighting the importance of the donor screening process.
3D printed model of Sars-CoV-2

Cornea appears to resist infection from novel coronavirus

November 3, 2020

New findings from researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis suggest the eye’s cornea can resist infection from the novel coronavirus.
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New stem cell technique offers hope for those with corneal damage

September 1, 2020

Harvard Medical School surgeons at Massachusetts Eye and Ear have replaced the ocular surface of four patients who each experienced chemical burns to one eye.
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Seeing corneal degeneration in a new light

June 17, 2020

The molecular changes that lead to Fuchs’ endothelial corneal dystrophy (FECD) occur decades before the disease causes blurry vision and other noticeable symptoms in patients, new research by UT Southwestern scientists shows.
Scientists in the laboratory

Lipid helps heal the eye’s frontline protection

March 27, 2020

A species of a lipid that naturally helps skin injuries heal appears to also aid repair of common corneal injuries, even when other conditions, like diabetes, make healing difficult, scientists report.
David Schmidtke

Unlocking the mystery of corneal healing

February 14, 2020

New research by bioengineer David Schmidtke is helping understand how corneal repair cells called keratocytes sometimes result in scarring and blindness.
DSAEK Corneal transplantation

NIH study finds donor corneas can be safely preserved for longer period

November 13, 2017

Results from a large, national clinical trial show that corneal donor tissue can be safely stored for 11 days without negatively impacting the success of transplantation surgery to restore vision in people with diseases of the cornea.
C. mast is a commensal bacterium living on the surface of the eye

Eye microbiome trains immune cells to fend off pathogens in mice

July 11, 2017

Bugs in your eyes may be a good thing. Resident microbes living on the eye are essential for immune responses that protect the eye from infection, new research shows.
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NEI-funded research points to novel therapies for dry eye

June 29, 2017

Recent strides toward understanding dry eye are leading to better and longer-lasting therapies for the millions of people in the U. who are affected by the condition.
Corneal section from a person with Fuchs dystrophy shows the presence of ATP1B1 in the corneal endothelium.

NIH-funded team identifies genetic underpinnings of Fuchs dystrophy

March 30, 2017

An international study of more than 5,417 people helps pinpoint the genetic risk factors associated with Fuchs endothelial corneal dystrophy, the most common disorder requiring corneal transplantation.