10 Jun '11, 1pm

Artificial cornea transplant brings new hope to patients

SINGAPORE : There is now new hope for patients who suffer from an infected cornea. Doctors in Singapore have performed a landmark operation to reconstruct and replace parts of a patient's eye with an artificial cornea. A 39-year-old patient, who wants to be known only as Ms Lin from Taiwan, became blind four years ago after developing what's known as the 'Stevens Johnson Syndrome' due to severe allergic reactions to medication. But she can now see again, just three days after undergoing an operation at The Eye & Cornea Transplant Centre in Singapore in January. Ms Lin said: "After I regained my sight, I found that people I knew now look different, because my memory 'stopped' four years ago. I now have to be careful not to get my eye infected and I have to avoid the heat so as not to affect my reconstructed eye." Doctors said before her surgery, Ms Lin's infected eye was di...

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