Damaged Eye Reconstruction using Contact Lenses and Stem Cells

embryonic-stem-cell Researches Di Girolamo N et al, from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia have shown that coating a common soft contact lens with stem cells harvested from a healthy eye can be successfully transferred onto the surface of a contact lens and used to help reconstruct the surface of a damaged eye. In the study Stem cells were harvested from the eyes of three patients with damaged corneas. All three of the patients showed improvements in visual acuity after the procedure.

  Contact Lenses and Stem Cells

In conclusion the use of soft contact lenses is a unique technique that has the potential to achieving amazing ocular surface reconstruction. They have published their findings in the journal Transplantation.

Eyenovations, a startup company in Cambridge, is following the same trend on using contact lenses as a carrier, by producing a contact lens capable of delivering drugs to the eye through the contact lens to help with eye conditions that require a significant number of daily eye drops like patients suffering from glaucoma.

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One Response to “Damaged Eye Reconstruction using Contact Lenses and Stem Cells”

  1. May 29, 2009 at 8:01 pm #

    Wow that’s a straightforward procedure – simple and cheap. Stem cell research holds amazing promise.

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