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New Hope for Millions Thanks to Breakthrough

by Beth Griffiths on 16th May 2017


A major leap forward to treat blindness is in development by British scientists. The scientists have managed to grow a part of the eye in a lab and used it to source light-sensitive cells.

The cells were transplanted into lab mice and the scientists discovered that the cells continued to grow as normal and connected the eye with the brain, vital for vision.

In as little as five years, the first human patients could be receiving the treatment that has been discovered by the scientists. If the treatment is successful it could be used to treat millions, helping them to regain their site.

Professor Robin Ali stated that just by transplanting a small number of cells, the effects could dramatically improve the quality of life for the individual.

There are more than 600,000 people in Britain that suffer from age-related macular degeneration, the main cause of age-related blindness. Currently, there are very little treatments available and there’s no cure.

The scientists are now getting closer to performing the trials. The trials are essential as they will be able to determine whether the treatment is effective in humans and safe.

It is hoped that within 10 years the treatment will be in widespread circulation.

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