Researchersin Jerusalem has shown how stem cells can be a treatment for degenerative eye diseases such as macular degeneration. This potential stem cell treatment may be used to treat many vision related conditions that can lead to blindness including macular degeneration.
According to Dr. Benjamin Reubinoff, the study’s lead author “Although there are a variety of therapeutic approaches under development to delay the degenerative process, the grim reality is that many patients eventually lose their sight. (Stem) Cell therapy to replenish the degenerating retinal cells may potentially halt disease progression.”
Stem cell treatments are not the only macular degeneration and eye disease treatment being explored. In 2001 a study released by the National Eye Institute suggested that high doses of antioxidants, beta-carotene and the mineral zinc reduce the risk of vision loss associated with advanced macular degeneration. Other nutritional supplements containing omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids have been shown to have benefit at reducing the risk of diseases such as macular degeneration and restore conditions associated with other eye diseases.
However, many are placing hope in the ability of stem cell therapy to provide an eventual cure for degenerative eye diseases such as macular degeneration. The potential of stem cell treatments have been clearly demonstrated in studies similar to those conducted by the Jerusalem researchers.