After years of research, Holocar®, a stem cell-based therapy that can repair certain types of eye damage was approved for use in Europe. An Italian research team led by researchers from the University of Modena and other pharmaceutical researchers created the product, and the results have been exceptional.
The revolutionary new treatment can repair previously incurable corneal burns when used in conjunction with other procedures. The Holocar® system can also successfully repair moderate to severe limbal stem cell deficiency, another condition caused by eye injuries such as physical or chemical burns.
The treatment itself works by using a tiny sample of limbus tissue (located between the white part of the eye and the clear part) to grow a new sheet of cornea that can be transplanted back onto the eye. The limbal stem cells grown from the new tissue are crucial in allowing the cornea to repair itself after injury. The graft itself looks something like a contact lens, and it can restore visual accuracy without any risk of rejection because the cells are sourced directly from the patient. To learn more about the amazing research and results from this treatment, click here to read the full article.