Research Gives Hope to For a Better Sight Even At an Advanced Age
An eye test that could spare the sight of millions of people has been fronted by the University College of London. The test focuses on glaucoma detection, helping to point out signs and symptoms at an early stage to enable patients to start treatment before “vision begins to deteriorate.” Said, researchers.
This new technology could go a long way in arresting the adverse effects of the condition. Glaucoma, which is caused by the death of retinal cells found at the back of the eye, affects over 60 million people globally. The condition already blinds One-tenth of this population.
Professor Francesca Cordeiro, from University College London’s Institute of Ophthalmology, who led the research, said that the new technique, called DARC(Detection of apoptotic retinal cells )uses a specially designed fluorescent marker which attaches to cell proteins once it is injected into patients.
Although there is no cure for the disease, the early diagnosis will help in detecting other neurodegenerative disorders as well. “Now, for the first time, we have been able to show individual cell death and detect the earliest signs of glaucoma.” Said Cordeiro
The chief investigator in the test Professor Philip Bloom applauded the move saying: “Our developments mean we could diagnose patients 10 years earlier than was previously possible.”
A lot of advancements have been made in the research on neurodegenerative disorders related to aging and other factors. The success of this test is considered timely by as it will help to reverse a lot of other complications.
Researchers are also hopeful that the test will help in solving other degenerative disordered associated with the brain. Other recent advancements in the optical field include a keen study on Alzheimer’s, where researchers found a close relationship with Glaucoma.
Professor Bloom expressed hope for aging people noting that “Loss of sight as you age is an incredibly difficult disability, impacting the quality of life and independence.”