One stem cell treatment stabilizes macular degeneration, another blinds 3 patients

One stem cell treatment has stabilized macular degeneration, and another has blinded three patients. The experts that work in the field of regenerative medicine believe that one of the first areas of success when using stem cell therapies, is the successful treatment of macular degeneration. Macular generation will cause progressive loss of sight.

Key Takeaways:

  • As we grow older, a common disease called macular degeneration can threaten our eyesight.
  • Three women with macular degeneration were blinded in 2015 after undergoing a stem cell treatment at a clinic in Florida.
  • To stop the progress of wet macular degeneration, the researchers performed surgery to transplant a sheet of retinal pigment epithelial cells.

“An experimental stem cell treatment proved effective at halting this disease with no serious side effects up to a year later, a study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine found.”