• Will stem cell therapies bring a cure for congenital ptosis?


    Will stem cell or gene therapies bring cures for congenital ptosis (drooping of the eyelid that can limit vision)? My son has had frontalis sling surgery which was partially successful, but I am trying to find a better solution for his condition.


    Medicine is at the very beginning of exploring the potential of gene and stem cell therapy. We believe these therapies have great promise. A great deal of research is being done using these therapies. To my knowledge, congenital (present at birth) ptosis has not yet been explored with these research therapies. Your son, however, is young, and in his lifetime innovative treatments may become available. Stay in touch with your ophthalmologist. She/he likely stays abreast of research developments and can communicate these ideas to you.

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