3D printing isn’t just for fashioning new toucan beaks or making tools on Mars – it could someday save you from blindness.
For the very first time, scientists from Newcastle University in the UK have 3D printed human corneas, the clear outer layer of the eye that plays a huge role in controlling and focusing the entry of light into the eye.
Over 5 million people suffer from total blindness due to burns, damage, or disease of their corneas, with a further 10 million people waiting for surgery to prevent corneal blindness. People can donate their corneas after they die, however, the demand currently outweighs the supply.
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