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Stem Cells Regenerate Human Lens After Cataract Surgery

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Mar 24, 2016 9:00:00 AM
Amanda Dexter
Dr. Amanda K. Dexter received her optometric training at Southern California College of Optometry in Fullerton, California, where she was Class of 2010 Valedictorian. She also completed a residency in Primary Care and Ocular Disease at the Veteran's Affairs Hospital in San Diego, California. Dr. Dexter is the Manager and Program Coordinator for OptoPrep, the premiere online study resource for the NBEO Part I & II.
A new regenerative medicine approach may have broad therapeutic implications on tissue and organ repair after cataract surgery, repairing vision.

quotes.png Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Shiley Eye Institute, with colleagues in China, have developed a new, regenerative medicine approach to remove congenital cataracts in infants, permitting remaining stem cells to regrow functional lenses.

Dr. Dexter's Take
How amazing would it be if you could regenerate your own, natural, crystalline lens after cataract surgery?!   Researchers in San Diego and China have been working on a surgical procedure that could stimulate endogenous lens epithelial stem cells to grow and form a new lens within the original lens capsule following cataract surgery.

Procedures have already shown promising results in animals and young humans as compared to the current standard of care treatment.   With cataracts being the leading cause of blindness around the world, this new research has incredible potential for a new safe and effective way of managing vision loss associated with cataracts!

Read the full article from UCSanDiego

The Top 15 Tips and Tricks for Studying for Part I of NBEO®

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