Contact Lenses Coated With Stem Cells: Restore Vision Within a Month

June 3, 2009

(ChattabBox)—A recent study restored sight to three patients with a groundbreaking new treatment using their own stem cells and embedding them in a simple contact lens.

The three patients in the study all suffered from varying degrees of vision loss in just one eye, with healthy vision in the other eye. The researchers extracted stem cells from the good eyes and essentially soaked a traditional contact lens in the stem cells for nearly two weeks.

The contact lens with the cultured stem cells were placed in the patients’ blind eyes and something amazing occurred. Within 14 days the stem cells began repairing the damaged corneas, restoring sight to all three patients.

Two of the patients who were declared legally blind can now easily read the larger letters on a standared eye chart, something that was impossible before the treatment. The third patient’s sight was the least affected with loss of vision before the treatment. He was severely nearsighted and after the treatment he is able to pass the DMV eye test.

All three patients continue to enjoy their restored sight, 18 months after the treatment ended, but the researchers are not certain it’s permanent.

Meanwhile the scientists plan to conduct further testing and so far, are encouraged by the results.

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One Response to “Contact Lenses Coated With Stem Cells: Restore Vision Within a Month”

  1. Jess on June 8th, 2009 12:53 pm

    Eyes really creep me out. That being said, I would want my to function properly so this is awesome! And so far no ethical concerns…
    http://www.newsy.com/videos/new_hope_for_saving_eyesight

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