Stem cell therapy seems like a treatment that’s from the future. However, more ophthalmologists and eye clinics are offering stem cell therapy treatments for a variety of ocular concerns, including age-related macular degeneration (AMD), Stargardt disease, and retinitis pigmentosa (RP).
Many of these places clinics and professionals boast that stem cell therapies can delay – and even reverse – damage caused by eye diseases. Yet before you make an appointment for one of these therapies, it’s important to note that stem cell therapy has not yet proven to be helpful or healthy for eyes.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has yet to release conclusive research that stem cell therapy is helpful for people who are suffering from eye diseases. What’s more, many clinics and professionals may be offering products that are actually harmful to someone’s health. That means there’s considerable risk associated with undergoing these unchecked unapproved therapies; many of these risks could even cause damage to your vision or lead to the growth of eye tumors.
If you’re still tempted to seek out stem cell therapy treatments, make sure you stop to ask yourself the reason why you’re looking for these treatments. Before signing the dotted like on any therapy plan, ask yourself the following questions:
• Is this treatment approved by the FDA for my specific eye concerns?
• Does this treatment have clinical trials supporting the ophthalmologist’s assertions?
• Am I being pushed into this treatment, or am I being provided with other FDA-approved options?
• Is this therapy treatment covered by my health insurance?
If the answer to any of these questions is no, it’s important to find an ophthalmologist who will treat your eye concerns with safe, clinically proven procedures, therapies, and medications.
If you’re wondering about the latest advances in eye treatments, schedule an appointment with Dr. Jacqueline Griffiths at NewView Eye Center in Reston, Virginia. Dr. Griffiths can diagnose and provide you with FDA-approved treatments for your ocular conditions and diseases.
NewView Eye Center also serves the greater Northern Virginia and Washington, DC areas. Call (703) 834-9777 to learn more today!