India’s first 3D-printed Human Cornea developed by CCMB, IIT Hyderabad, and LVPEI

Highlights:

  • For the first time ever, researchers in Hyderabad have successfully 3D-printed an artificial cornea in the country. 
  • Reportedly, in this maiden attempt, the cornea was transplanted into a rabbit eye. 
  • Researchers from L.V. Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI), Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (IITH), and the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), had collaborated to develop this 3D-printed cornea from a human donor corneal tissue.
  • It is a made-in-India product by an Indian clinician-scientist team and the first 3-D printed human cornea that is optically and physically suitable for transplantation. 
  • The bio-ink used to make this 3D printed cornea can be sight-saving for army personnel at the site of injury to seal the corneal perforation and prevent infection during war-related injuries or in a remote area with no tertiary eye care facility
  • The cornea is the clear front layer of the eye that helps focus light and aids in clear vision. Corneal damage is a leading cause of blindness worldwide with more than 1.5 million new cases of corneal blindness reported every year.
  • The product (3D-printed Human Cornea) was created locally with support from the government and philanthropic organisations; it is entirely natural, free of synthetic ingredients, and safe for patients to use.