A new technique could be used to treat eye injuries after surgery.
The technique, dubbed the “Laparoscopic Eye Repair” has been devised by a team of surgeons at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.
It works by replacing the damaged cornea with a layer of a special type of protein called keratin that’s made by keratinocytes, a type of white blood cell.
That allows the keratin to be pulled off the damaged tissue.
Once the keratins have been pulled off, the keratomilean protein is then used to replace the damaged collagen in the cornea, which is then replaced by the new keratin.
The result is a clear eye, according to the team.
The researchers said they’ve tested the technique on six patients.
One of them, a 13-year-old girl, had an eye injury that had been treated with an eye patch and laser surgery.
After two days of using the technique, the girl was able to return to school and graduate high school.