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Stem Cell Tourism

How to Protect Your Eyes from Dangerous Charlatans

As the race to restore sight speeds up, there are some unfortunate side effects, including direct-to-consumer marketing by dangerous, unapproved stem cell clinics.

Experts estimate that there are approximately 600 stem cell businesses in the United States that are operating as “clinics” that offer untested and unproven “treatments” to patients who are desperate to try anything.

Stem cell businesses claim that they have the ability to treat a wide range of diseases, including blinding eye diseases. But recently, one of these clinics stopped treating eye conditions when two patients lost their vision after receiving stem cell injections and proceeded to file law suits against the company. These companies have found legal loop-holes that allow them to avoid many regulatory checks and balances that prevent doctors from doing harm.

Unfortunately, there are no cures for blindness and no proven stem cell treatments for vision loss yet.

Don’t be duped by these dangerous stem cell clinics! When there is a tested, proven stem cell therapy that is safe to treat vision loss, you will be able to access it through your eye doctor. Never pay money to get an unproven injection, regardless of what the advertising might say!

Learn more about the legitimate clinical trial process.



FBC’s Director of Research, Dr. Mary Sunderland, discussed the dangers of stem cell tourism in a recent Facebook Live broadcast. The segment on stem cell tourism begins around the 11:35 mark.

We’re Facebook LIVE with the FFB's Director of Research and Education, Dr. Mary Sunderland, to announce our largest-ever research grant competition and much more!Thank you to everyone who posted their questions throughout the week! We invite you to continue commenting with your questions, and we’ll do our best to answer as we go!Trouble with the volume? Make sure your audio is ON in the lower right-hand side of the video or click to go full screen. Sign-up for e-news and stay up to date on the latest research impacting your vision health: http://ffb.ca/news/#newsletter

Posted by Foundation Fighting Blindness Canada on Friday, March 10, 2017

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