Regenerating Eye Tissues to Preserve and Restore Vision

Cell Stem Cell. 2018 Jun 1;22(6):834-849. doi: 10.1016/j.stem.2018.05.013.


Ocular regenerative therapies are on track to revolutionize treatment of numerous blinding disorders, including corneal disease, cataract, glaucoma, retinitis pigmentosa, and age-related macular degeneration. A variety of transplantable products, delivered as cell suspensions or as preformed 3D structures combining cells and natural or artificial substrates, are in the pipeline. Here we review the status of clinical and preclinical studies for stem cell-based repair, covering key eye tissues from front to back, from cornea to retina, and including bioengineering approaches that advance cell product manufacturing. While recognizing the challenges, we look forward to a deep portfolio of sight-restoring, stem cell-based medicine. VIDEO ABSTRACT.

Keywords: cornea; eye; lens; limbal; ocular; ophthalmology; optic nerve; photoreceptors; regenerative medicine; retina; retinal ganglion cells; retinal pigment epithelium; stem cells; trabecular meshwork.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cornea / cytology*
  • Eye Diseases / surgery
  • Eye Diseases / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Regeneration*
  • Retina / cytology*
  • Stem Cells / cytology*
  • Vision, Ocular*