Another way to cure cataracts?
Scientists have just developed a drug treatment that could cure people with cataracts. These eye drops can be administered into the eyes using a pipette which contains lanosterol. They improve vision and greatly eliminate cataracts.
Lanosterol, a natural molecule, is used to restore a damaged lens. A Chinese team conducted tests, collecting crystalline from rabbits with cataracts and letting them soak in a lanosterol solution. The results showed such efficacy that, six days later, much of the crystalline clarity has been restored. This test has shown promising results on crystalline also on dogs with cataracts. The animals went from a severe cataract to a mild cataract or an almost nonexistent one after a few weeks.
Cataracts, the most common visual problem affect people over 40 years old. It usually appears according to the person’s lifestyle, eye development or health problems. The symptoms are blurred vision, enhanced sensibility to light, reading difficulties, etc.
Surgery is still the only option for cataract healing. But unfortunately, this option is usually very expensive and not available to everyone. It’s difficult for people living in developing countries to benefit from it. Not to mention the lack of staff limiting access to this restorative surgery.
This treatment is currently the subject of clinical trials to ensure that there are no risks of side effects. Scientists also need to make sure that these cataract-dissolving drops can be used as an alternative to reconstructive surgery.
This experimental drug would surely change the lives of millions of people around the world.
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