Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD), a Visual Impairment characterized by blurred, distorted vision, may be painless but it does not merely cause discomfort; it could eventually lead to blindness. A viable cure has sadly not been very visible to the medical community, but as a matter of fact, Stem Cell treatment for this debilitating visual impairment is readily available.
In one of several efforts to highlight the effectivity of Stem Cells as treatment for Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD), a UK-based group of specialists has conducted a Stem Cell treatment operation on an unnamed patient. The procedure involved replacing damaged eye cells with similar cells called Retinal Pigment Epithelium (RPE), which nurtures the macula’s ability to keep a clear, central vision – its main function.
Consistent with some treatments performed for this condition using Stem Cells, the results of the UK-based operation were declared successful.
On Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
A person who has Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) has difficulties performing normal functions for which having clear sight is of utmost importance. These functions include reading, writing, driving, recognizing people’s faces and a variety of other normal activities. While the peripheral vision remains relatively unharmed, it is a serious visual impairment for which the cure is a series of regular expensive injections. Apart from that, there is generally no widely recognized long-term treatment.
The disease forms in the macula, a small yet essential part of the eye close to the retina that is responsible for the organ’s capacity for keeping a central vision. This eye impairment, most common in people aged 50 and above, could develop very slow or extremely fast.
There are two types of Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD):
“wet” or exudative, for which the UK test patient was operated on, and
“dry” or atrophic Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD).
The wet variety of Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) causes a more severe damage and involves leaking of blood. While less serious, “dry” Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is just as debilitating as it could lead to total loss of vision.
Regardless of the type, AMD’s damage to the macula leads to having blank spots, distortion and dimming in one’s vision, and eventually, blindness. Transplanting Retinal Pigment Epithelium (RPE) on the affected eye could help by preventing vision loss.
Looking for Treatments?
Certain visual impairments could not be alleviated by immediate solutions such as wearing glasses. Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and other more severe types of eye conditions look for treatments that are sustainable, and prevents a steady decrease in one’s quality of life.
Global Stem Cells provides access to treatments for visual impairments such as Optic Nerve Hypoplasia and Septo-optic Dysplasia (ONH/SOD), Optic Nerve Atrophy (ONA), Retinitis Pigmentosa, and Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) using safe Stem Cells. There are only a few treatment options for these life quality-affecting visual impairments, but Stem Cell treatments, an often overlooked mode of treatment, has proven time and again through various studies and successful treatment outcomes, that there are significant benefits in using Stem Cells for visual impairments.
Much like the treatment used for the test patient, is a similar treatment that Global Stem Cells can provide access to. Adult Mesenchymal and Umbilical Cord Blood Stem Cells, which are known for their safety and effectiveness, are used to treat visual impairments. Furthermore, Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs) do not pose health risks and do not raise ethical issues. Patients have been treated through these protocols for which seen clear benefits were seen such as slowing down of the disease’s progression, as well as visual acuity and light sensitivity.
A great leap in curing blindness
What is being considered a great leap in curing blindness is a treatment that Global Stem Cells can provide access to. Clinical studies such as the one done on the willing English patient is a commendable step towards a cure, but patients who require immediate, safe and effective solution to life quality-altering illnesses, there are readily available treatment options.
For information on how Stem Cells can help with visual impairments, talk to one of our Stem Cell specialists