Ethical Considerations of Whole-Eye Transplantation

J Clin Ethics. 2016 Spring;27(1):64-7.


Whole eye transplantation (WET) remains experimental. Long presumed impossible, recent scientific advances regarding WET suggest that it may become a clinical reality. However, the ethical implications of WET as an experimental therapeutic strategy remain largely unexplored. This article evaluates the ethical considerations surrounding WET as an emerging experimental treatment for vision loss. A thorough review of published literature pertaining to WET was performed; ethical issues were identified during review of the articles.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Beneficence
  • Blindness / etiology
  • Blindness / surgery*
  • Eye / transplantation*
  • Facial Transplantation / ethics
  • Humans
  • Immunosuppression Therapy / adverse effects
  • Lymphoproliferative Disorders / etiology
  • Neoplasms / etiology
  • Nerve Regeneration
  • Organ Transplantation / adverse effects
  • Organ Transplantation / ethics*
  • Social Justice