31.05.2011

Experts call for more studies into eye treatment

Experts call for more studies into eye treatment

By Adrian Galbreth

Specialist have claimed that a new treatment which can help to restore vision in people suffering from eye disease needs more study before it can be rolled out across the UK and the rest of the globe.

According to the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCO), a new treatment known as Keraflex holds great promise in the possible treatment of keratoconus, which causes the cornea to expand into an ovular, rather than circular, shape.

Imran Rahman, a consultant ophthalmologist at the Manchester Face and Eye Clinic, where the research has been developed, told Sky News the procedure can bring about a "remarkable difference" in visual acuity.

However, RCO president Professor Harminda Dua told the news provider: "It is promising but we want to see more research to show it is safe and effective in the long term."

Recently, Professor Helen Swarbrick at the UNSW Research in Orthokeratology Group, said that further studies will be needed before experts can confirm the effectiveness of new orthokeratology contact lenses, which have been shown to slow or halt the progression of myopia in tests.

by Martin Burns


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