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Question:
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.

Answer:
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 conducted utilizing these therapies. To my knowledge, the treatment of congenital 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 is likely to stay informed of research developments and communicate these ideas to you.

Answered by: Rona Silkiss, MD Dr. Rona Silkiss

Categories: Children's Eye Health, Eye Conditions

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