Stem Cell Cure for Blindness – Research Results out during World Glaucoma Week
Researchers at the ophthalmology clinic of Cambridge hospital have succeeded in modifying bone marrow tissue and reintroduce it to the nerves damaged in the eye. These healthy cells allow the eye to repair itself and regain the lost vision.
Coincidentally, these findings came into the limelight during World Glaucoma Week, observed globally from March 7th – 12th every year.
The experiments conducted so far on the animal models have given positive results according to Professor Keith Martin of Cambridge University.
Stem cells will be taken from blood and bone marrow of the patients. These will then be programmed to act as protective cells for the eye cells that are vulnerable to glaucoma.
Moreover, damaged cells can be regenerated using these stem cells. Dr Barbara Lorber, also from Cambridge University is working towards the strategies that help to re-grow the damaged nerves that connect eye to brain. This is very important because the damaged nerve cells cannot re-grow until they are persuaded to do so.
More than 37 million blind people through out the world can now feel the ray of hope of getting back their eye sight in another five years time.