Jessica Alba

I’ll start off with something recent The Eye. Sydney played by Jessica Alba receives a more than miraculous corona transplant that allows her to see the spiritual realm. I have no problem with them bringing up corneal transplants, often referred to as corneal graphs. That is real procedure, uncommon because most patients are better suited with custom contact lens.

The first thing that began to bother me was the recovery time. After a few weeks of bloodshot eyes and blurred vision Sydney was seeing crystal clear. According to a studyThe healing process following transplant is long, often taking and year or longer. The time from surgery to the removal of the stitches is commonly 6 to 17 months“.
There was one line that really killed my guest and myself. Sidney stated that she rejected the first graft she received when she was a child. Again according to Troutman and Lawless, that is not completely unbelievable, nearly 11% of patients have this problem with one or both eyes.

The psychiatrist played that off responding that stem cells had made it now possible. I am really surprised that line made it past writers, editors and directors all naive enough to let that appear on screen further misinforming the public in lieu of good storytelling. “Recent scientific developments have shown promise for people suffering from corneal blindness and transplant failure. The advent of artificial and bioengineered corneas may open the world of vision to many struggling to cope without sight.” I still have a problem with this, laws on stem cells limit the number and testing; the truth being testing is way behind this miracle transplant presented to be viable.

2006-NOV-10: U.S./UK: Major breakthrough in overcoming blindness: A joint Anglo-American medical team at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, England has successfully transplanted adult stem cells from the eyes of normal mouse fetuses into the eyes of blind mice. The stem cells developed into mature photoreceptors in the retina and transmitted signals to the brain. The scientists believe that clinical trials on blind people could start in ten years. Scientists hope that they will eventually be able to use embryonic stem cells or adult stem cells from within the person’s eye and avoid the problem of tissue rejection.

We are still at least eight years from this procedure having any possiblity in the real world.