Stem Cells: Rebuilding the Eye and the Ophthalmology Industry

Revised and Updated by Seth Preston on: September 26, 2019

The Stem Cell:an undifferentiated cell of a multi-cellular organism that is capable of giving rise to indefinitely more cells of the same type, and from which certain other kinds of cell arise by differentiation”

The stem cell may be the key to blowing the ophthalmic industry wide open. Aptly named, the stem cell can be used to rebuild or repair damaged tissue within the human body on the genetic level. That kind of capability is undergoing heavy research to discover what we can do with stem cells.

The stem cell, in all of its genetic simplicity, can be redirected within the host to restore tissue and organs in their bodies. We are now learning that this simple cell can even be used to help repair tissue related to the eye. Being one of the more complex organs in the human body, health care professionals want to outsource ocular repair to organisms who can repair lost tissue more effectively than a scalpel and microscope.

 

What does this mean for the future of Ophthalmology?

Clinical trials are instrumental in furthering the industry of ophthalmology. In that aspect, expansion of the methods used therein will create more opportunities to find new cures for modern maladies.

The field of Ophthalmology is an ever-changing field, indeed. To go along with this, the field and those in it have to be flexible.

It’s interesting and enlightening to note that although small, the human eye is such a vast frontier, with new discoveries happening every day.

Sources:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/12189238/Scientists-use-stem-cells-to-grow-living-lens-in-eye-and-cure-cataracts.html