The Story of Regener-Eyes®
Regener-Eyes® started from humble beginnings.
A young boy in a small town in America wanted to help his mother, who was in pain. He went with her to multiple doctors and rheumatologists and autoimmune specialists who could not even make a diagnosis, let alone give any significant treatment or help.
In 1980, the term Mixed Connective Tissue Disease was introduced. However, the ‘eureka’ moment for this young boy was that stress and chronic inflammation was responsible for not only his mother’s problem but many people with chronic diseases that affect every part of the body.
He started his career as a research scientist with Emory University, studying immunology. After medical school, he was recruited by Dr. Michael E DeBakey, father of cardiovascular surgery at the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the world. Dr. DeBakey fostered this young doctor’s interest in how the body, with help, could regenerate itself.
Even before the name Regenerative Medicine was recognized, this doctor was a pioneer. One of the first fields that fascinated him was ocular. He was shocked to learn that 340 million people suffer from dry eyes. Like his experiences with his mother, the diagnosis is difficult to make, the cause is not completely agreed upon, and there is no cure, with less than optimal treatments.
He started to research the most common cause of dry eyes, which is Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD). The term Meibomian Gland Degeneration was coined to emphasize how the degeneration of this gland decreases the lipid layer of the tear film and causes evaporation loss and dry eyes. The word degeneration causes one to realize that whatever degenerates can regenerate, and he set out to prove that.
He coined the term Meibomian Gland Regeneration (MGR), which has the potential to rejuvenate the gland and increase lipid production to help decrease the symptoms of dry eyes. Thus patented Sterile d-MAPPS™ (Sterile Derived Multiple Allogeneic Proteins Paracrine Signaling) was invented. This is how Regener-Eyes® is derived.
A lot of words, for a simple eye drop. Some call it a miracle. We make no claims, but you can decide after reading moving stories about how it has changed the quality of life for many patients. We hope you or someone you know can also get the help they are seeking.
C. Randall Harrell, M.D.
Inventor of Regener-Eyes®
Regenerative Medicine Pioneer