Arkansas man successfully receives the world’s first whole eye transplant

Last Updated on December 10, 2023 3:50 PM CST

Surgeons at NYU Langone Health have performed the world’s first transplant of an entire human eye, involving a face transplant recipient named Aaron James. The transplant was performed to improve cosmetic results for James, who had lost most of his face and one eye in an accident with high-voltage power lines. While it’s too early to determine if James will regain vision, the surgery offers insight into optic nerve repair and the potential to cure blindness. The donated eye is showing positive signs of recovery, and researchers are analyzing brain scans for signals from the injured optic nerve.


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