Stem Cell Research using the patient’s own Adult Stem Cells has brought us another great discovery- Stem Cell Contact Lens. In Australia, a group of doctors in a research study treated 3 patients who had some form of cornea problems and they all were able to see after the stem cell treatment in which their own stem cells healed damage to their cornea
The Process of Stem Cells for the Cornea
- The doctors removed Adult Stem Cells from the patient’s good eye
- The stem cells were grown on a contact lens for 10 days
- The contact lens was placed on the damaged eye for 3 weeks
- The stem cells “blend” into the eye and repair the damage in the cornea
From the stem cell article:
The researchers, led by Dr Nick di Girolamo, said each person’s sight improved significantly within weeks of the procedure, and that it was a simple inexpensive technique which required a minimal hospital stay
Stem Cell Research Abstract
Also, here is the stem cell research abstract for the cornea study. Here are some of the actual results:
Results. A stable transparent corneal epithelium was restored in each patient. There was no recurrence of conjunctivalization or corneal vascularization, and a significant improvement in symptom score occurred in all patients. Best-corrected visual acuity was increased in all eyes after the procedure.
This technique is simple, non invasive, and uses the patient’s own stem cells– so the patient has nothing to lose and everything to gain by trying something like this. What can be easier than popping in a contact lens?
Covering Old Stem Cell Ground?
However, it seems like they have doing something similar in India for a number of years. Notice in the story, that the doctors removed stem cells from the good eye of the patient. What happens if the patient has two bad eyes? Well there are doctors in India are getting the stem cells from under the lip of the patient. This stem cell story didn’t get any run when it came out in October of 2008- but it probably should have. Read more about what this group of stem cell doctors in India have for stem cells for the cornea here
original post by Don Margolis