Macular dystrophy is a rare genetic eye disorder that causes vision loss. It affects the back of your eye, and leads to cell damage in an area called the macula, which controls how you see what’s out in front of you. When a patient has this disorder, they have trouble seeing straight ahead, making it difficult to read, drive, or do other daily activities that require them to look straight ahead. Today we’re discussing a revolutionary macular dystrophy treatment option.
Macular dystrophy differs from a far more common eye disease known as macular degeneration, often caused by age-related deterioration of the retina and macula.
While aging or risk factors such as smoking cause more common forms of macular degeneration, macular dystrophy is linked to genetic mutations that trigger degradation of retinal cells. Some forms of macular dystrophy appear in childhood, and other forms appear in adulthood.
However, it sometimes is difficult to distinguish common macular degeneration from inherited macular dystrophy because of the similarity of symptoms, including decreased visual sharpness and loss of central vision.
Macular Dystrophy and Vision Loss
With any type of advanced macular disease – such as macular dystrophy – images we look at directly are the ones we cannot see well.
For example, imagine that you are looking at a friend standing 10 feet in front of you. When you stare at his or her face, the image you see is being focused through your eye onto your macula, which is a circular area in the retina in the inner back of your eye.
Stem Cell Therapy for Macular Dystrophy Treatment
Stem cells are identical cells that have the ability to help repair and replace tissues anywhere in the body. These cells also have the potential to grow into specific body parts.
Stem cells are always at work helping the body repair itself after injury, stress and/or disease. For example, when you sustain a cut, stem cells can play a key role in helping the cut tissue to regrow.
In order for stem cells to work, they must be in indistinguishable situations, so that they can evolve into the specific tissue(s) required. Once they develop into a particular tissue, they cannot return to their previous states. This is one reason why doctors use undifferentiated stem cells in macular dystrophy treatment – because these cells have the greatest reformative potential.
Specialists have developed three methods to administer stem cells in patients who have macular degeneration and other eye diseases. The most commonly used method is intravenous administration, during which stem cells are injected into the blood stream through a catheter in the patient’s arm.
The second method commonly used for administering stem cell therapy is retro bulbar injection. A retro bulbar injection is a very common type of injection used in the treatment of eyes and it is delivered in the area under the eye – not in the eye – near the area of the macula.
Finally, the third method now being used to administer stem cell therapy for macular dystrophy treatment is an intraocular injection, which is placed directly into the eye. This is the method retinal doctors currently use to inject Avastin or Lucentis into patients’ eye to treat wet macular degeneration. The benefit of this form of treatment is a higher concentration of stems cells near the macula.
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