Stem Cell Contact Lenses Cure Some Types Of Blindness.

In a world-first breakthrough, University of New South Wales (UNSW) medical researchers have used stem cells cultured on a simple contact lens to restore sight to sufferers of blinding corneal disease.

Sight was significantly improved within weeks of the procedure, which is simple, inexpensive and requires a minimal hospital stay.

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The researchers are hopeful the technique can be adapted for use in other parts of the eye, such as the retina, and even in other organs. “If we can do this procedure in the eye, I don’t see why it wouldn’t work in other major organs such as the skin, which behaves in a very similar way to the cornea,” Dr Di Girolamo said.

[UNSW via Gizmodo]

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by April aka InspectorLuv aka Fugly on June 12, 2009 at 2:16 am

    OMG! Science is amazing. Dare we hope?

    Reply

  2. Posted by binh tan ngo on December 15, 2009 at 8:33 am

    Hi, I have read your stem cell cure blind people. My son is about 7 years old and just have accident about 1 month ago.
    After eye operation doctor told me that his lens and capsule has damaged. Now he look like blind only can see fingures at the distance about 30cm away from his eyes.
    Because Doctor has removed his lens already.
    I am writing this because I would like to ask can STEM CELL cure his lens and capsule.

    I am looking forward to your advise.

    Yours Faithfully,

    Binh Tan NGO.

    Reply

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