Regenerative Medicine for Eye Problems or OphthalmologyRegenerative medicine has a few treatment options to help your body assists you in helping improve to varying degrees a variety of eye problems and ailments. Common eye problems that have been studied using topical stem cells or extracellular Vesicles (EV) sometimes known as exosomes. Many of these treatments are considered experimental. A partial list of diseases include:
- Damage to the Brain: Post traumatic cortical blindness, from intracranial hemorrhage or diffuse axonal injury (DAI) or a stroke or cerebral infarction.
- Damage to the Eye ball: post traumatic partial blindness from Ocular injury such as ruptured globe, corneal abrasion, exposure keratopathy, retinal detachment
- Damage to the optic nerve: traumatic optic neuropathy
- Macular Degeneration
- Retinitis Pigmentosa
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