Stem Cell Therapies for Ophthalmologic Disease - San Francisco Stem Cell Treatment Center

Ophthalmological Disease


We offer stem cell therapies for the following ophthalmological conditions and diseases:

Stem cell science has focused on developing protocols to mitigate the loss of vision that occurs in ophthalmologic conditions including Retinitis Pigmentosa, Macular Degeneration, Optic Neuritis, and Glaucoma. The properties of mesenchymal stem cells such as plasticity, neuroprotection, and immunomodulation possess many advantages to addressing ophthalmologic diseases.

Stem Cell Treatment for Macular Degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common retinal degenerative disease in the elderly. This devastating disease affects the macula, which is the part of the retina that allows people to read, visualize faces, and drive. Treatment options include antioxidant vitamins and laser therapy; however, stem cells offer great potential for addressing AMD.

Stem Cell Treatment for Retinitis Pigmentosa

Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) encompasses a group of inherited conditions that cause progressive retinal degeneration resulting in vision loss, especially at night. Current treatment options include vitamin and nutritional supplementation and experimental therapies including gene therapy, retinal cell transplantation, and retinal prosthesis. Stem cells offer a minimally invasive investigational alternative.

Stem Cell Treatment for Optic Neuritis

Optic Neuritis involves inflammatory, demyelination of the optic nerve, which may result in vision loss, eye pain, photopsias (flickering or flashing light), and/or loss of color vision. Standard treatment uses corticosteroids to reduce inflammation. Stem cell therapy addresses the cause of optic neuritis instead of solely reducing inflammation.

Stem Cell Treatment for Glaucoma

Glaucoma is characterized by elevated intraocular pressure, which leads to optic nerve damage, progressive visual field loss and ultimately, irreversible blindness if left untreated. Current therapies include prescription drugs, laser therapy, and surgery. Stem cells offer the hope of mitigating the loss of vision.

Stevens-Johnson Syndrome

Stevens-Johnson Syndrome

Making History at the San Francisco Stem Cell Treatment Center

Together, Dr. Ahvie Herskowitz and Dr. David Milstein made history performing the first SJS (Stevens-Johnson Syndrome) stem cell subconjunctival injections on 7-9-15 at the San Francisco Stem Cell Treatment Center!

Stem Cell Treatment for Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS)

Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) is a form of toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN), which is a life-threatening skin condition where cell death causes the skin layers of the epidermis to separate from the dermis. This syndrome is considered to be a hypersensitivity complex that affects the skin and mucous membranes, and can be caused by certain medications, infections or more rarely cancers. SJS can affect the ocular components resulting in conjunctival infection, sloughing of skin, erythematous macules and patches, and symblepharon formation may occur with severe pseudomembranous conjunctivitis. Primary corneal and iritis involvement are rare. Later complications may occur to include structural anomalies of the eyelid, (ectropion and entropion) and Trichiasis. Damage to tear and oil glands can develop and lead to dry eyes with lack of tear production necessary for the health of the ocular surface.

Here at the San Francisco Stem Cell Treatment Center, we have treated SJS patients with autologous intravenous and intraocular stem cells with very promising improvements – please see patient testimonial and video below.

Patient Testimonial

Update from Sofia now 2.5 years post subconjunctival injections

“The pain is gone while wearing lenses. Sclera is white. Inflammation never come back. I would say that since I had the procedure done, I can live a normal life (while wearing lenses)!”

Update from Sofia now 1 year post subconjunctival injections

“I went to see my doctor today. She said that my eyes are great. Inflammation is gone since the procedure and it didn’t come back. And I have more tears.”

Update from Sofia now 9 months post subconjunctival injections

“I can be almost all day without remembering that I have eyes, because I am not feeling them, and that is a great sensation! Before the procedure, I only had one wish: spend the day without feeling my eyes and that was achieved.”

Update from Sofia, 6 months post subconjunctival injections

“I am doing very well. This month was the best moth since I had SJS in 2007. I have no inflammation, I feel my eyes more comfortable, and they are producing less mucous. I went to see my doctor a few days ago and she was really happy with my results.”


61 year old with history of Stevens-Johnsons Syndrome and COPD


Now 4 days after his stem cell procedure, he reports 90% reduction in eye pain and increased visual acuity, less requirements for eye drops, and less coughing!


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SJS Stem Cell Treatment

Rob recently had stem cell treatment at The San Francisco Stem Cell Treatment Center for a very serious cornea situation (to put it mildly). Dr. Ahvie Herskowitz is breaking down SJS barriers with the application of stem cells over amniotic membrane. Rob was brave enough to be the first, hopefully not the last. One month post procedure, Rob’s doc (who is well respected in stem cell / cornea circles) says that the cornea is fully healed and has never seen Rob’s eyes look so good. This is beyond huge news for our world of SJS.


Visual Improvement Following Ozone Therapy in Dry Age Related Macular Degeneration

The dry form of ARMD is becoming a serious problem because of the rise in the number of old individuals. No effective therapy is available in dry ARMD except for the illusory oral administration of antioxidant vitamins. Despite scepticism in the medical community, the therapeutic effect of ozone therapy had been evaluated since 1996.


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