Medical Eye Drops Treats Age-related Blindness

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Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) affects more than 600,000 people in the UK and predictions suggest this figure could rise sharply in future because of an aging population.


A painless condition which causes people to gradually lose their central vision, usually in both eyes, AMD is currently treated by repeated injections into the eye on a monthly basis over at least three years.  This is a problem because, apart from being an unpleasant procedure for patients to undergo, the injections can cause tearing and infections inside the eye and an increased risk of blindness.


Scientists at the University of Birmingham have developed a type of eye drop which could potentially revolutionize the treatment of one of the leading causes of blindness in the UK.

Now scientists led by biochemist Dr. Felicity de Cogan, from the University of Birmingham's Institute of Inflammation and ageing, have invented a method of delivering the injected drug as an eye drop instead, and their laboratory research has obtained the same outcomes as the injected drug.  The drop uses a cell-penetrating peptide (CPP) to deliver the drug to the relevant part of the eye within minutes.


"We believe this is going to be very important in terms of empowering of patients and reducing the cost of treatment to the NHS," said Dr. de Cogan.


Source: https://technews.tw/2017/10/10/revolutionary-eye-drops-to-treat-age-related-blindness/

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