26 Apr Restore Your Vision Loss With Stem Cell Therapy
Losing your vision is scary and can make you feel hopeless. There are many diseases that cause an eventual loss of vision. Many cannot be cured, only managed with medications and corrective lenses until it is completely gone. The most common reason people lose their vision is age-related macular degeneration. After the age of forty, cloudy, soft, blurred vision at best becomes a reality for so many people. Stem cell therapy can restore your vision and prevent continued deterioration without surgery. It is a great option for patients who want to avoid eye surgeries out of fear of the risks. Stem cells can create new retinal pigment cells to restore your vision, and prevent potential blindness.
What Is Stem Cell Therapy?
Without stem cells, our body would be unable to make any of our other specialized cells. There are several ways doctors can harvest these crucial stem cells. They are embryonic stem cells, adult stem cells, adult cells that have been turned into embryonic stem cells, and perinatal stem cells. Stem cell-based therapies create new cells that are the same as the injured ones. These stem cells transform into new ocular cells, healing it by creating newer, healthier tissue.
What Causes Vision Loss?
Age-related macular degeneration and Stargardt disease are the two most common forms of early macular degeneration. These diseases of the retina cause a loss of vision over a period of time. The retina is a layer of light-sensitive cells, called rods and cones, lining the back of the eye. These cells translate light information to our brain where images are created. When the retina begins to weaken with age, or when blood vessels break around the retina, vision begins to blur. These diseases of the retina include Usher syndrome, Bardet-Biedl syndrome, and Refsum disease, among many more.
How Can Stem Cells Fix Vision Loss?
Recent studies have shown stem cells that have been transformed into retina cells and injected into the eye, have traveled to the injured area and regenerated the tissue. A protein is required to break down the old, damaged retina cells, so the new stem cells can penetrate the eye. By restoring the health of light-sensing cells in the retina, this stem cell therapy attempts to preserve and enhance the ability of these patients to see. This is exciting research because restoring vision to a patient is extremely difficult once the retina begins to degenerate. More research needs to be done, but the initial research is very promising and has restored the vision of several patients already.