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An eye opening technique

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 22 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1472
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

    Janice Hopkins Tanne talks to James Aquavella, the US surgeon who implanted an artificial cornea into a British baby boy who was born blind in one eye

    Aaron Rai, a 7 week old boy from Windsor, England, is doing well after receiving an implant of an artificial cornea at the University of Rochester Eye Institute in New York state. His parents took him to the United States after doctors in the United Kingdom told them that artificial cornea operations are usually performed only on children who are blind in both eyes.

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    Aaron Rai was born blind in the right eye (top). The eye was almost healed only three days after his operation (below)


    Aaron was born with an anterior segment developmental disorder that left him blind in his right eye.

    One day after surgery James Aquavella, professor of ophthalmology at the institute, said that Aaron's eye looked normal. “The procedure went very smoothly. He could follow light and finger movements. He was doing well when checked again the next day,” Dr Aquavella said. Aaron's parents were able to bring him back to the UK only a week after surgery.

    Dr Aquavella and Dr Claes Dohlman at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary …

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