What is corneal dystrophy?
Corneal dystrophy affects many breeds of dog and there are currently limited treatment options available. We believe stem cell treatment may be the answer to this…
The cornea is a vital part of the eye, it allows light to be transmitted into the eye so we can see. In dogs, given their rough and tumble nature, injury to the cornea is relatively common, ranging from a simple scratch through to an ulcer. Sometimes corneal dystrophy, an inherited condition, occurs. Fat deposits inside the tissue, leading to ulceration and loss of vision.
Researching corneal injury
Treatment of corneal injury is often hampered by a shortage of cornea’s available for transplant. Our research is focussing on using stem cells to grow corneal cells to enable the vision of more dogs to be restored following corneal injury or disease.
We’re working with the Institute of Ophthalmology at University College London to tackle both disease and injury of the cornea. Our aim is to use stem cells to provide a new tool which will help us not only better understand corneal diseases, but could also provide a source of cells to enable corneal transplants.