New discovery into Fuchs dystrophy "may save corneas"

New discovery into Fuchs dystrophy "may save corneas"

A new investigation into one of the major eye diseases, may help to reduce the need for patients to undergo corneal implants.

Experts at the Schepens Eye Research Institute have discovered that free radicals, which are unstable molecules that cause the death of cells as the body ages, may also cause damage in the eyes of Fuchs endothelial corneal dystrophy patients.

According to the specialists, the findings, which have been published in an edition of the American Journal of Pathology, are promising for the possibility of early and preventative treatments for the condition.

Dr Ula Jurkunas, principal investigator of the study, commented: "If we can identify how free radicals are involved in this and what antioxidants can fight them, we can create a regimen that can help protect the cornea."

It comes after Danielle Robertson, assistant professor of ophthalmology at the University of Texas Southwestern and first author of a new study into therapies for microbial keratitis, said that the research may also help other patients in the long run.

by Alexa Kaczka

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