Retinitis pigmentosa

Retinitis pigmentosa is the name given to a group of genetic, usually hereditary, disorders of the retina. (The retina is the part of the eye that converts light to nerve impulses.) About one in 3500 people suffer from retinitis pigmentosa throughout the world. It is a progressive disease ending in tunnel vision or complete blindness and for which there is no known cure. Traditional treatments have been palliative, that is, they attempt to make the patient accept their inevitable fate.
Patients become aware of their retinitis pigmentosa usually with the onset of night blindness, often during childhood. After that, they experience a loss of peripheral vision and then a gradual loss in their abilities to drive cars, to read, and to recognize faces. Retinitis pigmentosa can also occur in connection with Usher, Barde-Biedl, Refsum, and NARP (neuropathy, ataxia, and retinitis pigmentosa) syndromes.

Compared vision Normal (above), tunnel vision (below)
Compared vision Normal (above), tunnel vision (below)

Current treatments have been desperate: avoid sunlight and take dangerously high dosages of Vitamin A. This has not improved the prognosis; in fact, it rarely improves the present circumstances.
Experimental treatments include gene therapy, retinal transplantation, and retinal prosthesis. There are more than sixty genes related to retinitis pigmentosa, so that approach has been hit-or-miss. Retinal transplantation requires a recently deceased donor whose retina is compatible with the patient. Retinal prosthesis means surgically implanting the sort of mechanism that the Six-Million-Dollar Man made famous. None of these experimental treatments has been terribly successful.
On the other hand, Dr. Norma Niño has been applying autologous stem cells to this problem since 2005 and her results have been very promising. “In the worst case,” she says, “the patient’s condition is arrested; in the best case, the patient has experienced total recovery.”
Steven, a patient from the United States, has allowed us to report his experience with Dr. Niño and ProgenCell. He was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa in November 2010. After two visits, he wrote us to say: “I went to three different doctors who said there is no treatment for my condition. So I kept looking on the Internet and found ProgenCell. Some of my family and friends were against my decision, but we all knew it was the only chance for improvement. The procedures went much quicker than I expected and I had no pain. Never had side effects. This is my second procedure and have had quite a bit of improvement. I am able to do things I used to have to quit. Now I see better, clearer, broader vision. All of my friends and family are excited about my progress, they all think is wonderful that this treatment is available. I would recommend that other patients to give it a try!”
If you or a loved one suffers from retinitis pigmentosa, start the recovery today by contacting ProgenCell for a free case evaluation. The sooner you get started, the better your results will be.

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