Visually impaired can now hope for eyesight. Major breakthrough has been made by scientists that would help cure blindness the discovery of stem cell therapy.
A British team of scientists has developed a treatment mode, which involves the replacement of the layer of degenerated cells with new ones which have been created from the embryonic stem cells in order to cure muscular degeneration which is a frequent cause for people going blind.
The scientists claim that the procedure which lasts for an hour will be made available in 6 to about 7 years time, according to Sunday Times reports.
The embryonic stem cells can be developed into all kids of body tissue. This new therapy will enable the embryonic stem cells to be transformed into replicas of missing cells. These are then placed onto an artificial membrane, which is inserted at the back of the retina.
Laboratory trials carried out by the team indicate that the stem cells can indeed prevent blindness among rodents which have similar disease to AMD. They also conducted successful tests with regard to elements of technology in pigs.
Commenting on the therapy, Prof. Pete Coffey, who is the lead scientist of the team from University College, London said the treatment would take” less than an hour, so it really could be considered as an outpatient procedure. We are trying to get it out as a common therapy.”
Peng Khaw, team member says, “This shows that stem cell therapy is coming of age. It offers great hope for many sufferers around the world who cannot be treated with conventional treatment.
The efforts of the team will be financed by the Pfizer, the largest pharmaceutical company in the world.