Surgeons At NYU, In May 2023, Performed The World’s First Full Eye Transplant On Aaron James, 46, Post-Face Transplant Due To A High-Voltage Accident. Early Signs Show Success, But Vision’s Return Remains Unsure. The 21Hr Surgery, A Leap In Optic Nerve Healing, Offers Hope For Treating Blindness, Fueling Prospects For Breakthroughs.
Surgeons have performed the world’s first transplant of an entire human eye, an extraordinary addition to a face transplant — although it’s far too soon to know if the man will ever see through his new left eye. An accident with high-voltage power lines had destroyed most of Aaron James’ face and one eye. The NYU team announced Thursday that so far, it’s doing just that.