The CorNeat KPro may change the way some blind people regain their sight.

An Israeli company called CorNeat Vision has performed its first cornea transplant using a wholly-synthetic replacement. The synthetic cornea is called CorNeat KPro. The transplant was performed on a 78-year old blind patient. After the surgery, the patient was able to read an eye exam chart and recognise family members.

The eye was designed to not trigger an immune reaction from the body – making it perfect for implants. At least 10 more trial operations will be taking place before these synthetic eyes will be produced on a larger scale.