Indian origin UK doctor discovers new cornea layer

London: In a breakthrough that could help cure for blindness due to glaucoma, an Indian origin doctor in the UK has discovered an ultra-thin cornea layer in the eye.

Professor Harminder Dua, of Nottingham University, has discovered how the ultra-thin layer- which is just 0.001mm thick- works, suggesting that it could now be vital for beating glaucoma.

The researcher discovered that the layer, dubbed Dua’s Layer, plays a vital role in the structure of the tissue that controls the flow of fluid from the eye. It also makes an important contribution to the sieve-like trabecular meshwork in the cornea.

The new layer is located at the back of the cornea between the corneal stroma and Descemet’s membrane.

The study which was published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology, could shed new light on glaucoma, a disease caused by defective drainage of fluid from the eye and which is the world’s second leading cause of blindness.