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.