New study offers added hope for patients awaiting corneal transplants

Medical Xpress| Tue Jan 09 04:20:08 EST 2018
New national research led by Jonathan Lass of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine has found that corneal donor tissue can be safely stored for 11 days before transplantation surgery to correct eye problems in people with diseases of the cornea. This is four days longer than the current conventional maximum of seven days in the United States. The findings are published in JAMA Ophthalmology. "Over the past 20 years, corneal transplant specialists have gotten comfortable only using corneas up to one week after they are stored. But our findings show they can safely use them up to 11 days after first being stored," said Lass, the Charles I Thomas Professor in the Department of Oph..

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