Blindness After Stem Cell Treatment in China

April 23, 2012

April Archives: It was inevitable. Doctors have documented dramatic loss of vision in a patient with Leber’s who sought stem cell treatment in China. Her vision went from about 20/80 to 20/600 (legal blindness), and baseline visual fields demonstrated severe loss after the treatment due to progressive optic atrophy. As stated many times on this site, people have to be wary of undergoing any kind of stem cell treatment that is not peer-reviewed by legitimate doctors/organizations- not only can one lose a lot of money, but it can also lead to permanent vision loss. One must consult a world-class eye institution for this kind of experimental treatment.




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2 Responses to “Blindness After Stem Cell Treatment in China”

  • Dr. Ari Weitzner

    true. i guess my point is that the treatments are worthless/ unproven, and when an institution does not submit its data for peer review, then one has to assume something is very wrong.

  • MIchael

    Actually if you read the article, the stem cells did not cause the loss of sight.

    “The progression of vision loss in our patient with initial optic nerve head swelling followed by optic atrophy is characteristic of the natural history of Leber hereditary optic neuropathy.”