Patients are having their eyesight saved thanks to the innovative use of the drug Avastin, contact lens wearers have learned.
Professor Andrew Lotery, a consultant ophthalmologist at Southampton General Hospital"s eye unit and a professor of ophthalmology at the University of Southampton, is using the drug to treat a condition called Sorsby"s Fundus Dystrophy (SFD), an early onset form of macular degeneration.
The two patients involved suffered blurred vision and a general deterioration of eyesight.
"We have discovered that the drug has prevented loss of sight and improved vision in the younger patients suffering from SFD over a long period," explained Professor Lotery.
Avastin is often injected into the eyes of patients with wet age related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in the western world in people over the age of 50.
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by Alexa Kaczka