People suffering from the eye disease Macular Degeneration may benefit from new stem cell research. Researchers have managed to “grow” the retinal portion of the human eye using stem cells.
Macular Degeneration affects the retina and this latest research into the implications of stem cells on the eye disease is being seen as an incredible breakthrough.
Japanese researchers used embryonic stem cells and a mixture of proteins and chemicals to persuade the cells into developing into parts of the eye. What resulted was light-sensitive photoreceptor cells present in the retina.
It is hoped that even though these retinal cells did not mature, it may be possible in the near future to treat macular degeneration with a stem cell therapy that would see these retina cells grown from stem cells being used to restore sight.
Macular degeneration affects retinal cells, causing the loss of central vision in those people diagnosed with the eye disease.
If this new stem cell treatment for macular degeneration can be perfected, patients suffering from the eye disease will have light-sensitive cells injected into the damaged eyes to repair the damage caused by macular degeneration.
This latest breakthrough in stem cell research has major implications for those people suffering from Macular Degeneration.