Reversing Vision Loss

vision lossA study appearing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shines a light on a breakthrough that could lead to new therapies for common eye diseases that cause vision loss and blindness. Scientists at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation discovered a compound that could lead to treatments for retinopathy of prematurity and diabetic retinopathy.

"Dr. Schafer hypothesized that these cellular proteins might be an important 'off switch' to eliminate these vessels in a neonatal model," said Courtney Griffin, Ph.D., the senior author of the study. "This is a new way of approaching these diseases. The current methods—invasive surgeries or life-long injections into the eye—only prevent the disease from advancing and often have serious complications."

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"Discovery holds potential for reversing vision loss"
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