Bernt Aune is the proud possessor of what is almost certainly the oldest cornea in the world. The 80-year-old Norwegian and former ambulance driver’s cornea is 123 years old, “This is the oldest eye in Norway — I don’t know if it’s the oldest in the world,” he said “But my vision’s not great any longer.”
Aune had a cornea transplanted into his right eye in 1958 from the body of an elderly man who was born in June 1885. The operation was carried out at Namsos Hospital, mid-Norway. “I wouldn’t be surprised if this is the oldest living organ in the world,” eye doctor Hasan Hasanain at Namsos hospital told the Norwegian daily Verdens Gang.
In the 1950s, doctors expected it to work for just five years, Hasanain said. Such cornea operations date back to the early 20th century and were among the first successful transplants. (the first successful hunan corneal transplant took place in 1906)
The cornea is therefore older than either of Jeanne Calment’s. She was 122 old when she died.
This is one tough cornea... good news for me given that it is very possible that I may require a corneal transplant imyself at some stage