Fighting Global Corneal BlindnessCorneal blindness is the third most common cause of blindness in the world. In an effort to tackle the common cause of blindness, Australian leaders in corneal bioengineering have formed BIENCO: a consortium that will create bioengineered eye tissue to treat the condition. Fighting global corneal blindness is important; corneal disease affects the lives of about 23 million people around the world.
“Corneal transplantation currently relies upon deceased human donor corneal tissue,” said Professor Gerard Sutton, project lead, corneal specialist at the University of Sydney's Save Sight Institute and co-medical director of the NSW Tissue Bank. “However, an acute global shortage of donor corneal tissue continues to prevent access to treatment.”
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“World-first consortium to fight global corneal blindness”