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Research to Prevent Blindness

Stem Cells Regenerate Human Lens After Cataract Surgery In Children

In a breakthrough that could have broader implications for human tissue and organ regeneration, RPB-supported scientists report that, by leaving local stem cells intact during surgery to remove the lens in infants who develop congenital cataracts, a functional lens can be regrown.

The researchers are now looking to expand their work to treating age-related cataracts. The potential resulting paradigm shift in cataract surgery would be especially timely, since the world's aging population has been predicted to double the need for cataract surgeries over the next 20 years. 

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