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Team discovers new layer of cornea

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Posted on : 14/Jun/2013 4:37:41 PM

 
 
 
A team of researchers at the University of Nottingham, headed by Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences Harminder Dua, have discovered a layer of the cornea that has remained undetected till now. The team worked on eyes donated for research by simulating human corneal transplants and grafts. The layer has been named Duas Layer.

This is a major discovery that will mean that ophthalmology textbooks will literally need to be re-written. Having identified this new and distinct layer deep in the tissue of the cornea, we can now exploit its presence to make operations much safer and simpler for patients. From a clinical perspective, there are many diseases that affect the back of the cornea which clinicians across the world are already beginning to relate to the presence, absence or tear in this layer, said Prof. Dua.