Upcoming Clinical Trials Will Test the Potential of Stem Cells to Treat Macular Degeneration

Two clinical trials are expected to start soon to assess the ability of stem cells to treat macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness in people over 50 years old. One trial uses cells derived from human embryonic stem cells, while the other uses induced pluripotent stem cells (1). Macular Degeneration Age-related macular degeneration is [Read More]

Stem Cells Could Help Corneal Wounds Heal Faster

The healing of corneal wounds is a complex process. Delayed or incomplete healing of the cornea is a cause for concern. Now, a new study has shown that stem cells could prove helpful in people with complicated corneal wound healing. Corneal Wounds: An Overview The cornea is the outermost layer of the eye and is [Read More]

Donor Skin Cells Help Preserve Sight in Macular Degeneration

Researchers in Japan have made what may be a remarkable breakthrough in the treatment of macular degeneration. In a procedure that could make stem cell transplantation a reality, a man with age-related macular degeneration received iPSCs (induced pluripotent stem cells) derived from a donor’s skin cells. The multi-step procedure involved converting the donor iPSCs to [Read More]

Could Stem Cells Save Your Vision?

Before the dawn of the age of stem cell therapy, irreversible diseases, conditions, and injuries were just that: incurable. But over the past few years, stem cell research has indisputably proven that the impossible is now possible. One recent study, for example, experimented with growing new retina tissue in mice with end-stage retinal degeneration. The [Read More]

Glaucoma Research: An Eye on the Future

With an eye on the future, the International Glaucoma Association and the UK and Eire Glaucoma Society have released funding to Professor Colin Willoughby and Dr. Carl Sheridan of the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Ageing and Chronic Diseases. This stimulus fund will be used to develop stem cell treatments for glaucoma. The type of [Read More]

Turning Back The Clock On Aging Eyes

Gene manipulation and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) are at the cutting edge of regenerative medicine. Research is underway in using these cellular and genome-editing techniques to treat innumerable diseases afflicting human beings, but their use in repairing the damages of aging have ethical and cultural implications. However, there is a growing change in attitude [Read More]

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