Stem Cell Research may Lead to Macular Degeneration Treatment

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.


  1. George Gatt says:

    Found the article interesting and exciting.I have a wonderful 9year
    old girl with LebersC.A. She plays soccer,runns track but the disability she has are ovious at times.When the weather gets overcast,
    she,s practically blind.It is killing me to see my vibrant daughter go thru life this way. Can you tell me were I can take her to get Gene therapy introduced to my little angel?

    Thanks for you time

  2. ANDY WEDGE says:

    my mum has macular degeneration how long before this cell treatment is available sounds fantastic!!!!
    my mum other than eyes is fit at 73 and i would do anything for her even if it meant taking my own site as im young enough to learn the new skills needed is this possible do you know ???
    Thank you and Regards
    Andy WEDGE

  3. Josephine Walter says:

    Please give me more information including phone numbers and addresses of the location in Canada where you are doing stem cell research or cures for Dry Macular Degeneration, my father is afflicted by the disease..

    Josie Walter (818) 634-3043 cell.

  4. susana delgadillo says:

    please.please i need to know more about this treatment .. i have 36 years old and be desesperate for one solution for my disease.. i living in hawaii and i wish can drive , and read better and like no have this pain in my eyes each time i do read for more then 10 minuts.. tank youy

  5. Moe Macosky says:

    I suffer from mac-degen and I am willing to test the stem cell procedure. Yours Moe

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