Stem cell treatment for Glaucoma
Sometimes called chronic glaucoma, open angle glaucoma is the most common type of glaucoma, affecting 70 percent to 80 percent of those who suffer from the disorder. The other type of glaucoma is acute narrow angle glaucoma.
Open angle glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness among adults and is particularly dangerous because it can progress gradually and go unnoticed for years. The only way to detect the disease before it becomes a serious problem is with regular eye examinations that include a simple, painless pressure test. The disease usually affects both eyes.
Glaucoma is actually a group of diseases that are distinguished by an increase in pressure inside the eye that causes damage to the optic nerve and to the retina. Like the film in a camera, a healthy retina receives light rays from the front of the eye and transmits them through the optic nerve to the brain where they are turned into images. Damage to the retina or the optic nerve can result in serious vision loss and even blindness if not detected and treated early.
Open angle glaucoma typically occurs in patients over the age of 50, and the risk increases with age. If there is a family history of glaucoma, the risk is up to six times higher than for the general population. Also, patients who are highly myopic (nearsighted), have diabetes mellitus, or have cardiovascular problems are at high risk of developing glaucoma.
Stem cells are unique and have the potential to develop into many different cell types in the body including brain cells. They also have the ability to produce more stem cells.
Patients are treated by implanting the stem cells behind the eye via retrobulbar injection under local anesthesia, or in most cases by simple IV infusion. These re-injected stem cells have the potential to transform into multiple types of cells and are capable of regenerating damaged tissue in the optic nerve.
We have been using stem cell treatment for glaucoma and a number of eye related diseases and injuries for years with very good results.
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