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Stem Cell Therapy for Optical Diseases

Patients Treated by Our Partner's Hospitals: over 340

Since 2007, our partner's stem cells have been used in the treatment of patients with visual impairment. Previously treated conditions include (but are not limited to):

  • Optic Nerve Hypoplasia (ONH)
  • Septo-Optic Dysplasia (SOD) with ONH
  • Optic Nerve Atrophy (ONA)
  • Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON)
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP)
  • Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP)
  • Diabetic Retinopathy

Normal treatment protocol for visually impaired patients consists of umbilical cord blood-derived stem cells injected by IV and LP. Our partner hospital doctors are also performing retrobulbar injections for selected patients. This process involves injecting the stem cells into the retrobulbar space behind the eye socket. Our doctors can inform you after a medical review if this injection is an option for the treatment. There is the possibility of minimal/no improvement, and we encourage patients and caregivers to keep realistic expectations for the treatment.

General Treatment Protocol:
Below is the general treatment protocol for patients with visual impairment. Please keep in mind that this is only an example and the injection and cell types may change slightly depending on the patient’s condition. Some patients may receive a direct retrobulbar injection (decided by the doctors upon medical review).

  • UCBSC packets injected by IV and LP
  • UCBSC packets injected by IV, LP, and 1 retrobulbar injection
  • Children with hormone problems may receive only IV


The Study

Below is a link to the Descriptive Statistical Report on ONH/SOD Cases with Cell Therapy, a subjective follow-up study tracking patient improvements through the first year after treatment. You can view the PDF in your browser and save it to your computer.

Patient Case Studies

Case studies focus on individual patients and detail their treatment and results. We will be updating this section with new case studies as they become available. Simply click on the pictures below to open each case study.

Stem Cells China Optical Diseases Patient Experience Pages

StemCellsChina hosts patient experience pages from past patients. These pages detail patients’ treatment journeys, including the condition before treatment, the treatment protocols the received, and after-treatment observations. These documents are either written by patients or edited together from comments patients recorded during interviews. You can click on the visual impairment conditions below to access the patient experience menu

Recent Patients

Below are direct links interviews and patient experience pages for a few recent patient. We will update these as new content becomes available.

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