A revolutionary new treatment for eye cancer has been formulated by experts in the US, who claim it may improve outcomes for patients undergoing radiotherapy.
According to a team at the University of Colorado School of Medicine led by assistant professor Scott Oliver, silicone oil applied inside the eye can block up to 55 per cent of harmful radiation, which is enough to prevent blindness in most patients.
Dr Oliver explained that radiation injures blood vessels and nerves in the back of the eye, with half of all patients being legally blind in the treated eye within three years.
However, he states: "This is a significant development in the way we treat this disease. In the past, we could save the eye with radiation but we saved vision only half the time. With this treatment, I believe we will do much better in the future."
by Adrian Galbreth