Not too concerned about dry eye, cataract and glaucoma? You might be at some point in life. According to Professor Jodhbir S Mehta, Head of the Corneal and External Eye Disease at Singapore National Eye Centre, they are the most common types of eye diseases here and treatment can range from eyedrops to surgery. And in the event of more severe issues, corneal endothelial cell therapy (where they transplant the single layer of cells at the back of the cornea) might be suggested.
“The thing about conventional corneal transplantation is that we are reliant on corneal donors. There is a shortage of tissues worldwide and only one out of 70 patients get their needs met. Cell therapy allows us to treat up to 50 patients with just one donor thanks to our cell culture technique,” he explains.
“The delivery of the cell is either by injecting the cells into the front of the eye or on a carrier, and the benefits of the procedure is that it is not only simple, but also has a lower risk of rejection.”
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