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Stem Cell Treatment Restores Man's Vision

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Published on Dec 26, 2012

Stem cell treatment restores man's vision

A man has undergone successful stem cell treatment to restore his eyesight.


While he was on a humanitarian work mission in Haiti, Taylor Binns experienced extreme pain in his eye and his vision started to become blurry.


After a couple of years, Binns became legally blind; progressively losing his sight due to corneal problems that may have been brought on by wearing contact lenses that were not properly disinfected.


There were no other treatment options that would have worked to improve his eyesight, so doctors at Toronto Western Hospital decided to try a new treatment that involved the use of a limbal stem cell transplant.


Binns' sister turned out to be a perfect match as a donor for the stem sell transplant, so doctors took stem cells from her eyes and put them on the surface of his damaged eyes after removing the scar tissue.


Embryonic stem cells have also been used successfully to treat people with blindness by improving their eyesight.


One of the women who underwent the embryonic stem cell treatment suffered progressively worsening eyesight, but after the surgery she can use her computer and she is able to see more color and contrast.


Do you think stem cell procedures should be an option for medical treatment?

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