New Research Doctor Claims To Have “Cured” Patients Of Blindness With Stem-Cells - Physics-Astronomy.org

New Research Doctor Claims To Have “Cured” Patients Of Blindness With Stem-Cells

A doctor from Florida claims that he has manage to “cure” 60 percent of his patients of blindness by -injecting their eyes with stem cells derived from the participant themselves. The treatment is not person conducted in a controlled clinical test, and the doctor concerned is not affiliated to any university or government institution. Yet according to the Baltimore Sun, he claims to have restore over 100 people’s sight.
While home doctors advised against it, one of the patients, Vanna Belton, went in front with the controversial procedure anyhow. Belton was diagnosed in 2009 with optic neuritis, a condition in which the optic nerve swells and lead to blindness, though no doctor could definitively say that this is what she suffer from. She’d heard about stem cell treatment, and finally found Dr. Jeffrey Weiss in Margate, Florida. He has apparently perform stem cell treatment on 278 blind patients, in spite of not being part of a university or clinical test.

New Research Doctor Claims To Have “Cured” Patients Of Blindness With Stem-Cells
Belton allegedly paid Weiss $20,000 for the process, in which she had bone marrow from her hip detached, the stem cells extracted, &  then injected back into her eyes. While Belton says that she can see once more, another doctor has commented saying that she is motionless legally blind, as she only sees “islands” of vision in the middle of blind spots. Either way, it seems that that is enough for Belton, as she is ready to undergo further action from Weiss.
With no manage for the trials, it is not possible to say whether or not the patients would have improved anyhow without the treatment, and with so many dissimilar cases of blindness – the causes for which are widely varied – it is extremely hard to suggest a mechanism in which the stem cells might have worked. Not just that, but the case study of Belton presented by Weiss and report in the Baltimore Sun raised further issues as doctors were not at all sure of what the exact reason for her blindness was in the first put, let alone whether or not it could be set. 
The idea of use stem cells to treat blindness is not a radical idea. The London Project to Cure Blindness started official clinical trials previous year, in which they have treat 10 patients' eyes with a “patch” seeded with human embryonic stem cells. The expect is that the cells will expand and cure the patients of age-related macular deterioration, and although the first trial have been on those who have the less common “wet” form of the state, they hope it could also be second-hand to treat “dry” macular degeneration. So far, one enduring has apparently recovered a number of of her sight; though the researchers will be monitor all the participant for 18 months.

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