Retinal Transplants: Hope to Preserve and Restore Vision

Magdalene J. Seiler, Robert B. Aramant and Hans Keirstead

Transplantation of retinal progenitor cell layers may be a viable treatment for devastating eye diseases such as retinitis pigmentosa and macular degeneration. In several studies of animals with retinal degeneration, transplants of intact sheets of immature retinal cells improved vision—a finding that was validated in recent clinical research in humans. However, data from more patients are needed to confirm this as a valid therapy.

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