Research to help those with impaired vision praised

Research to help those with impaired vision praised

Researchers have discovered that the use of stem cells may be able to help treat people with impaired vision due to corneal scarring.

The University of Cincinnati team found that human umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells restored the transparency of cloudy and thin corneas.

Richard Tolson, service development manager for Health and Social Care at Action for Blind People, supported the research and urged people to get their eyes tested every two years, unless advised by their optician to do otherwise.

He said: "Over half of all sight loss is due to preventable or treatable causes. With an estimated two million blind and partially sighted people living in the UK, this means that a million people are currently living with sight loss that could have been prevented."

New imaging technology is being used to diagnose eye problems early and therefore maximise the effectiveness of treatment, the Des Moines Register recently revealed.

by Alexa Kaczka

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