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A new approach to glaucoma

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

A team of researchers from the University of Iowa and Veterans Affairs led by Markus Kuehn, PhD, UI associate professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences, recently published its work on infusing stem cells to help restore proper drainage for fluid-clogged eyes at risk for glaucoma in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The influx of cells regenerated the tiny, delicate patch of tissue known as the trabecular meshwork, which serves as a drain for the eyes to avoid fluid buildup. When fluid accumulates in the eye, the increase in pressure could lead to glaucoma. The disease damages the optic nerve and can result in blindness. One potential advantage of the approach is that the type of stem cells used—called induced pluripotent stem cells—could be created from cells harvested from a patient’s own skin. The researchers plan to continue studying the approach.

More at:http://www.iowacity.va.gov/IOWACITY/features/Study_suggests_stem_cells_could_ward_off_glaucoma.asp

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