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Sometimes, doctors can offer surgical or pharmaceutical options in order to slow down the progress but not reverse it. Unfortunately, there is no proven natural remedy for cataracts but there are some studies that are showing promising treatment options for eye diseases.
Do you know what is neurogenesis? Scientists have found that this is the growth of new neurons in the brain that can appear in the hippocampus of the brain, which plays an essential; role in disorders such as Alzheimer’s and dementia and affects emotional behavior and cognition. It’s also known that people with increased BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor) levels have a lower risk for neurodegenerative disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease. This is due to the fact that BDNF plays a crucial role in stimulating neuron growth in the CNS.
So, why we are discussing neurons in the brain when we seem to talk about eye health? In fact, by exploring the regeneration of neurons in the brain, scientists started to find where else the regeneration of neurons could take place. Since the eyes are a part of the CNS and grow from the brain during fetal development, it’s all connected. Scientists have found that the eyes have cells that can also regenerate.
So, how can we protect and manage our eye health? Regeneration therapies can help us. These are therapies that are aimed at regeneration and stimulation of the growth of retinal ganglion cells. Currently, there are three unique ways that seem to be really effective:
Reprogramming therapies are an option that includes obtaining other retinal cells for reprogramming into retinal ganglion cells. There are other species of animals that are able to do this naturally like zebrafish. This method might be helpful in treating different eye diseases, for instance, macular degeneration and even genetically inherited retinal disorders.
Stem cell therapy can also help us grow retinal ganglion cells. Stem cells are the cells that are grown in laboratories and are transplanted into the retina. This method is not as easy as it seems. It can take weeks to create sufficient quantities of stem cells, and the storage of these cells is very complicated since you don’t know when the patient will need them.
Preservation therapies are methods that are used to maintain the eyes healthy by using options that keep the retina’s structure in the way that it can be transplanted or regenerate retinal ganglion cells in order to restore vision. Preservation therapies can be especially helpful for people with a family history of eye disease or a genetic predisposition to eye disease.
As we can see, the future of regenerating eye health seems to be promising. Experts have achieved big progress in developing therapies, however, it might take some time for these treatment options to become widely available.
Mentioned above brain-derived neurotrophic factor is essential for the neurons in the eye. According to one study, applying a brain-derived neurotrophic factor to the eye significantly improved the survival of retinal ganglion cells. This means that we might be able to treat eye damage caused by traumatic injuries or degenerative diseases by boosting the levels of a brain-derived neurotrophic factor.
While scientists are still exploring these methods and are looking for evidence of their effectiveness, you can use some options recommended by eye experts:
It’s known that we have to regularly check our eye health in order to identify eye disease at an early stage and stop its progress. Currently, scientists know that not only can we prevent visual deterioration, but we are also able to potentially reverse damage from eye diseases and injuries.