Stem Cell Contact Lenses Cure Blindness in Less Than a Month

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Image showing a close-up view of a contact lense on the tip of a finger.

This is an amazing story!!  Here’s something that people who are legally blind or have low vision will be excited about: three patients had their sight restored in less than a month by contact lenses cultured with stem cells.

All three patients were blind in one eye.  The researchers extracted stem cells  (non embryonic) from their working eyes, cultured them in contact lenses for 10 days, and gave them to the patients.  Within 10 to 14 days of use, the stem cells began recolonizing and repairing the cornea.

Of the three patients, two were legally blind but can now read the big letters on an eye chart, while the third, who could previously read the top few rows of the chart, is now able to pass the vision test for a driver’s license.  The research team isn’t getting over excited, still remaining unsure as to whether the correction will remain stable, but the fact that the three test patients have been enjoying restored sight for the last 18 months is definitely encouraging.  The simplicity and low cost of the technique also means that it could be carried out in poorer countries.

It’s hard to not get excited about this.  Just think of thousands and thousands of people this could help!  Wow, I get goose bumps just thinking about the possibilities.

Check out the original post written by Adam Frucci with Gizmodo.com.

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