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Reversing Blindness with Regenerative Medicine

Regenerative therapies for the eyes could help to save vision in people with glaucoma, macular degeneration and damaged corneas.

April 8, 2022

Nick Kharufeh celebrated US Independence Day last year with his family, by setting off fireworks outside his aunt’s home in Rialto, California. A large rocket, instead of flying skywards, hit the ground and exploded, shooting a burning fragment into his face and immediately blinding him in his left eye. At the hospital, doctors told him his eyelid, cornea and lens had been burnt beyond saving, and that he was not a good candidate for a corneal transplant. With that news, the 23-year-old began to face the prospect of living with just one eye, and tried to accept that his dream of becoming a commercial pilot was probably over.

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