Glaucoma is a progressive eye disease that can damage the optic nerve and result in blindness. If you are over the age of 40, your risk of developing glaucoma is significantly greater than if you are younger. Fortunately, there is hope. Stem cell treatment may be able to help you prevent or delay the progression of glaucoma. We will explore what stem cell treatment is and how it may be able to help you with this condition.
What is Glaucoma?
There is no cure for glaucoma, but there are treatments available to help manage the disease. Treatment options include medication and surgery. Medications may help lower the pressure in your eyes, while surgery may remove excess fluid or debris from the eye. If you are suffering from glaucoma, it is important to speak with your doctor about your options.
What Causes Glaucoma?
There is no one definitive answer to this question as there are many possible causes of glaucoma, some of which are still being researched. However, some common causes of glaucoma include: damage to the optic nerve (the nerve that sends visual information from your eyes to your brain), a raised pressure inside the eye, and a decrease in the production of fluid inside the eye.
Fortunately, there are ways to help prevent or treat most forms of glaucoma. If you are experiencing any symptoms suggestive of glaucoma, such as blurred vision or difficulty seeing at night, it is important to see your doctor for an evaluation. Many people who have glaucoma don’t even know it until it has progressed significantly enough that treatment is necessary.
Some types of treatment for glaucoma may involve surgery to remove the blockage in the eye or medication to lower the pressure inside the eye. In some cases, stem cell therapy may be an option for those who either do not respond well to other forms of treatment or who have severe cases of glaucoma. Stem cells can be used to help repair damaged tissue in the eye and can often improve overall vision in those with advanced cases of glaucoma.
Types of Glaucoma
There are three types of glaucoma: open-angle, intermediate-angle and angle-closure. Open-angle glaucoma is the most common type, and typically affects older adults. It’s caused by a loss of fluid in the eye due to a decrease in production of a natural lubricant called tears. This creates an increased pressure in the eyeball, which can damage the optic nerve and result in vision loss. Intermediate-angle glaucoma is usually more severe than open-angle glaucoma and affects younger people. It’s caused by damage to the eye’s nerve fibers that send visual information to the brain. Angle-closure glaucoma is the rarest form of glaucoma and accounts for only 1 percent of cases. This type is caused when too much pressure builds up over time in the eye due to blockages in one or more drainage channels within the eyeball.
Effects of Glaucoma on the Eye
There are a number of different ways that stem cell therapy can help with glaucoma. One way is to reduce the pressure in the eye, which is a primary cause of the disease. In addition, stem cell therapy can help improve vision by restoring the optic nerve and increasing blood flow to the eye.
How Stem Cell Treatment Can Help You With Glaucoma
There are a number of ways that stem cell treatments can help people with glaucoma. By helping to replace lost Retinas, stem cell treatment can help to improve vision. In addition, stem cell therapy can also help to reduce the pressure in the eye, which is a significant factor in preventing further damage to the optic nerve. Additionally, some studies have shown that stem cell treatment may also be able to slow or stop the progression of glaucoma. If you are interested in exploring this possibility for yourself or your loved one, please speak with a doctor about whether stem cell treatment may be right for you.