Research scientists have developed a breakthrough treatment which could potentially cure 150 million blind people around the world.
Professor Dr Marius Ader of the Technical University of Dresden and co have made a giant scientific leap which seeks to give hope to blind people all over the world.
The breakthrough was presented last Friday by researchers of the Centre For Regenerative Therapies.
We have succeeded in cultivating retina out of human stem cells in the lab, which is currently being implanted into blind mice.
The researchers previously said that they had already “demonstrated daylight vision repair following transplantation of cone-like photoreceptors” into mice.
Lead scientist Professor Dr Ader explained:
In a few years also patients with ophthalmic diseases will be able to get human retinal cells implanted which have been cultivated in the laboratory. This way, blindness can be prevented and the blind can potentially regain their eyesight.
German media reported that in Germany alone some 4 million sufferers would have some hope to a cure.
Around 150 million people suffer from blindness, according to the scientists.
[With those diseases] the photoreceptors in the retina die which allow us to see.
The German Federal Government is also helping out the work of the researchers. The Federal Ministry of Science and Humanities having given the team 1.5 million EUR (1.3 million GBP) to further their studies.