Breakthrough in Age Related Vision LossFor the first time, stem cells have been identified in the region of the optic nerve.
Researchers believe these cells are present in the optic nerve at birth. One researcher says, "without these cells, the fibers may lose their resistance to stress, and begin to deteriorate, causing damage to the optic nerve, which may ultimately lead to glaucoma."
Understanding these cells and the role they play may ultimately lead to better treatment options for age-related vision loss.
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Researchers discover stem cells in the optic nerve that enable preservation of vision