22.01.2009

Stem cell trial to try to cure blindness

Stem cell trial to try to cure blindness

A new treatment which is hoped to restore sight to sufferers of corneal blindness is to be trialled in Scotland.

The two-year process, which will take place in Glasgow and Edinburgh, makes use of stem cells taken from dead adults.

It is set to begin this month and to begin with about 20 patients.

According to lead researcher Professor Bal Dhillon, consultant ophthalmic surgeon at Edinburgh"s Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion: "This study is the first of its kind in Scotland and it is exciting to be involved in such groundbreaking work."

He will be joined on the research by others at Glasgow"s Gartnavel Genreal Hospital and the Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion.

The process works by removing stem cells, which are grown before being put on to the corneal surface of the recipient.

Specialist treatment for eyes and eyesight ailments are provided at the Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion.

Its services include ocular prosthetics and ophthalmology.

by Martin Burns


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