“An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind” - Mahatma Gandhi
Eye donation or the 'Gift of Sight' is the term used for Corneal Transplantation to a patient from a cadaver donor, where one eye of a donor is used in treating one eye of a patient. An eye of a donor after his life helps cure the disease of an eye of a living patient. However a revolutionary accomplishment by Nichi-In International, Japan and Nichi-In Centre for Regenerative Medicine has equipped us with a technology to multiply the cells from one donor-eye and be used to treat several eyes thereby enable us give the gift of sight to several patients at a time. The above accomplishment has been made possible by the following break through achievements
1. Successful transportation of corneal endothelial tissues in varying tropical climatic conditions without cool preservation using a novel polymer based preservation cocktail.
2. In-vitro expansion of human corneal endothelial stem cells in the lab and transplantation of the corneal endothelial stem cells to a diseased eye yielding an excellent engraftment.
The above achievements have led to an astonishing concept of "An eye for eyes".
In this “An eye for eyes” mile stone, one donor-eye derived stem cells could be used in giving the 'Gift of Sight' to more than five patients suffering from corneal endothelial diseases. CESBANK is a team work of basic scientists, clinicians, philanthropists, ethical advisors and patient advocacy groups from across the world taking close to two decades of a dedicated mission driven by passion.