06.07.2009

Laser treatment "could cure age-related blindness"

Laser treatment "could cure age-related blindness"

By Alexa Kaczka

Sufferers of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) may be cured with a new laser treatment.

The procedure was developed by Professor John Marshall of King"s College London.

Early trials of about 50 people have shown that sufferers have had their sight improved and Prof Marshall intends to carry out more tests in people who are suffering from AMD in one eye.

He hopes to find out how to keep vision in the good eye.

The treatment, which is painless, prompts enzymes to clear natural waste materials that are created by light-sensitive cells in the eye.

Young eyes do this naturally but may not continue to do so as a person ages.

Meanwhile, in Portsmouth, blind people have opposed a £350,000 plan to revamp part of a shopping precinct.

Madeline Close, a local who is registered blind, told the News that the pavement in the eastern end was undamaged and the money would be better spent elsewhere.

by Alexa Kaczka


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