Blind people could have sight restored after stem cell trial success

The Independent

19th March 2018

Blind people could have sight restored after stem cell trial success

By Alex Matthews-King, Health Correspondent

Advance could mean ‘affordable off-the-shelf therapy’ to treat age-related macular degeneration, the leading causes of sight loss in the UK

Patients have had their sight restored in a pioneering trial in which stem cells were used to regrow the cells in the eye responsible for detailed vision.

Two patients, a man in his eighties and a woman in her sixties, are now able to read again after the procedure, which is the first of its kind.

Both patients suffered from a severe visual impairment caused by age-related macular degeneration (AMD), but reported their sight was greatly improved 12 months on.

While the results have been seen in a small number of patients, the early findings are a promising sign the treatment is safe and could be effective in other blindness causing diseases, the researchers said.

“This study represents real progress in regenerative medicine and opens the door on new treatment options for people with age-related macular degeneration,” Professor Pete Coffey of UCL said.

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2 thoughts on “Blind people could have sight restored after stem cell trial success

  • AoS, my thoughts exactly. But I”m not sure universities need to offer vocational education; we”ve got a lot of very fine community colleges that do that extremely well, and in fact, probably better than the universities could, and certainly cheaper. STEM fields are important (I”m in a STEM field myself, so I would think so, wouldn”t I), but I can”t imagine a world where everything is either STEM or business. Where would the world be without art, music, philosophy, humanities? A dull place, much like envisioned in all those 1950s black and white sci/fi films. I am living proof that STEM and liberal arts can live side by side, because they live side by side in my one self, with degrees in political science, biology, and playwriting. Of course, I could be considered a bit mixed up and strange by some standards.

    • Hi Hind

      Stem cell is not to be confused with Science Technology Engineering Maths. Stem cell transplants are a new medical technique used throughout medicine. It’s still in experimental or early population use in the west. As in this article. Yours sincerely Mrs Christine McMillan for China Vision

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