Possible Cure For Degenerative Vision Diseases

Scientists from the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research in Switzerland have announced a possible cure for degenerative vision diseases such as macular degeneration.

By manipulating proteins that cause blindness in mice, scientists have successfully restored the vision in the light sensitive cells of the retina.

Eye diseases such as retinitis pigmentosa (an incurable genetic eye disease) and macular degeneration generally attack the cells in the retina resulting in blindness.

In this new research, scientists were able to restore vision in blind mice with congenital macular degeneration.  The same technology and approach shows great promise for restoring partial vision in blind patients.

Until recently, patients suffering from many degenerative eye diseases such as macular degeneration had limited treatement options.


  1. My mother suffers from this disease. Will this treatment option be available to her or is this something that is still in the testing stage?

  2. I was diagnosed with Dry Macular Degeneration 9 months ago. Last week I was told I have cataracts in both eyes also. Previously approximately 10-14 years ago I had tears repaired in the retinas of both eyes. I’m very concerned right now, not about the cataracts as there is something that can be done, but the Macular Degeneration/Dry is worrying me. I’m 64 years old a non-smoker and non-drinker, so just where is this coming from. Is there anything I can have done at this point in my Province of New Brunswick or another nearby Province?

    Any information would be greatly appreciated


  3. Joyce Gaspard says:

    My friend who has macular degenerative has been told that in Canada they are treating macular generative with success. Is this true & if so would u please let me know who to contact about this. Please let me hear from as soon as possible……Thanks…..Joyce Gaspard

  4. jagannath das says:

    A friend of mine is aged 25 years is diagnosed with congenital macular degeneration.please let me know about the possible effects and available treatment options.also suggest whether it’ll have any effect on his career considering the fact that he is presently studying as a medical student.

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