June 12, 2012
Standardized Pre-Surgical Steps For Eye Surgery
Over 45,000 corneal transplant eye surgeries are performed in the US every year. On June 12, 2012, in an effort to standardize this complex procedure, two video articles describing pre-surgical preparation of corneal tissue were published in JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments. These articles are authored by groups of scientists from Italy and the United States.
By utilizing the JoVE's unique visual format the authors of the studies hope to standardize the pre-surgical techniques, minimize wasted biomaterial and reduce the risk of tissue rejection in corneal transplant. The first article titled "A simplified technique for In situ excision of cornea and evisceration of retinal tissue from human ocular globe" demonstrates how to harvest the cornea and retina from ocular globes. Contributing author Dr. Mohit Parekh of the research institute Fondazione Bianca Degli Occhi del Veneto in Italy notes that "Thousands of corneas and ocular globes are processed throughout the world. These human tissues are very precious and cannot be wasted. Therefore it becomes mandatory to have a standardized technique to excise the best quality tissue and use as many parts as we can".
JoVE is proud to publish these procedures. Dr. Nandita Singh, the Senior Science Editor at JoVE, says, "The health of the delicate corneal endothelium is critical for a successful corneal transplant. The visualization available in the JoVE article is essential to precisely learn this very complex procedure."
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