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Medical technology is certainly extraordinary. From life saving transplants to complete facial reconstructions, the miracles that some doctors are able to perform is nothing short of spectacular. One of the latest technologies under research can be chalked up in the same category.
International opthalmologists are currently in the process of developing the artificial cornea - a solution for millions upon millions of people with debilitating eye problems, both genetic and developed. The artificial cornea, when complete, will provide vision to people who are blind.
A state of the art X-ray shines onto corneal samples, mapping the orientation and thickness of corneal collagen of the individual, taking into account the disordered portions. Researchers have discovered that this greater understanding of the cornea at the molecular level can lead to the development of an artificial cornea that is not susceptible to the same physical disruptions that a natural cornea is.