We’ve had a number of people inquiring about the use of stem cells for all sorts of medical conditions. One of the questions that have come up is what about macular degeneration? Macular degeneration, unfortunately, is a condition where the retina on the back of the eye begins to deteriorate, and this is something that we can’t reverse by doing a cataract surgery or giving you different glasses.
If the retina begins to degenerate, that is a cause of blindness. There has been some interest in trying to inject stem cells directly into the eyeball and see if it could help to repair macular degeneration. Unfortunately, there were three cases recently done in Florida where people had their eyes injected with stem cells. In all three cases they went blind, so clearly, stem cell injections in the eyeball are not ready for prime time yet.
If you are interested in having stem cell therapy for a problem like macular degeneration, it would be very important to enroll in a proper clinical trial. Clinical trials are registered at a website called: clinicaltrials.gov. When you go to the website, enter in the search box “stem cells for macular degeneration” and you might find an ongoing trial that’s enrolling new patients for which you might be eligible. You could contact the trial organizer to see if you might meet the criteria to enter into a clinical trial. This would be the safest way to pursue stem cells for macular degeneration.
This is not something that we offer here at Pagdin Health. I focus specifically on injecting stem cells into arthritic joints, and at this stage we don’t have Health Canada approval for other applications of stem cells.
Website mentioned: https://clinicaltrials.gov/
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