Stem cells for age related macular degeneration

London Surgeons have carried out pioneering human embryonic stem cell operation in an ongoing trial. Ten years ago the London Project to Cure blindness was established in a bid to reverse changes associated with age related macular degeneration. The procedure was conducted on a female last month and it will take until Christmas for Surgeons to be able to assess how good her vision is and how long the improvement maybe maintained. There are also currently 40 age related macular degeneration patients who have already been treated with stem cells from their own eyes. If results are favourable then this is likely to offer a great leap forward in the treatment of age related macular degeneration.

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The above image highlights the loss of vision associated with macular degeneration and the link below takes you to the full story reported on by the BBC.


BBC report on Stem Cell trial for patient with age related macular degeneration