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Mon Mar 19, 2018, 09:06 PM

Doctors hope for blindness cure after restoring patients' sight


Treatment for common cause of blindness could be available within five years, scientists say

Sarah Boseley Health editor
Mon 19 Mar 2018 13.22 EDT

A treatment for the commonest cause of blindness could be available within five years, scientists believe, after revealing the first two patients given a revolutionary stem cell therapy have regained enough vision to be able to read.

The two patients have advanced AMD – age-related macular degeneration – which destroys the central vision. Both were losing their sight. They were, said their surgeon, unable to see a book, let alone the printed letters.

But an implanted “patch” of stem cells over the damage at the back of the eye has restored the central vision enough not only for reading but to see faces that used to be a grey blur.

In the future, the scientists behind the breakthrough anticipate the procedure could be as common as cataract surgery, helping large numbers of the 600,000 to 700,000 people in the UK who are losing their sight because of AMD.

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https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/mar/19/doctors-hope-for-blindness-cure-after-restoring-patients-sight

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Judi Lynn Mar 2018 OP
rurallib Mar 2018 #1
Glamrock Mar 2018 #2
dflprincess Mar 2018 #4
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Catch2.2 Mar 2018 #5
tiptonic Mar 2018 #7
dae Mar 2018 #6
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Cha Mar 2018 #9

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Mar 19, 2018, 09:08 PM

1. HOPE - this would be so wonderful

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Mar 19, 2018, 09:16 PM

2. Awesome!

My favorite aunt has this! What great news! Thanks Judi!

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Response to Glamrock (Reply #2)

Mon Mar 19, 2018, 09:38 PM

4. My maternal grandmother and my mother had AMD

(neither of Mom's sister do though) and I live in fear of eventually developing it.

This is great news!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Mar 19, 2018, 09:17 PM

3. WoW!!

Thanks for the good news!

Many have been having surgery on the their eyes ever few months. It is a hell having the shots in the eyeball!

I hope they can speed this up!

Thank you for posting this!!

& recommend !!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Mar 19, 2018, 10:48 PM

5. Remember when conservatives...

were against stem cell research? This is why we need it! Whether it's funded by the gov't or not!

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Response to Catch2.2 (Reply #5)

Mon Mar 19, 2018, 11:44 PM

7. Yes

Yes I remember. They were led by our last great Repulsive president, George W. Bush and his merry band of religious nuts.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Mar 19, 2018, 11:35 PM

6. 👍🏼👍🏼

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Mar 20, 2018, 12:02 AM

8. This is very awesome!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Mar 20, 2018, 02:01 AM

9. That's wonderful for these patients

and hope for the future in dramatically helping those with wet AMD.

Mahalo, Judi

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