Experts in the US have developed a new way of preventing the advancement of degenerative eye disorders.
According to specialists from the University of Texas UT Southwestern Medical Center, blocking two tiny molecules of RNA, which is similar to DNA, appears to suppress the abnormal growth of blood vessels that occurs in degenerative eye disorders.
The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests that the method may be used in the future as a means of treating age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of blindness among older people.
Dr Shusheng Wang, assistant professor of ophthalmology and pharmacology and co-senior author of the study, said further research may show that targeting multiple pathways may provide benefits in the treatment of these diseases.
"We want to see if a combination of microRNAs and angiogenetic drugs have a synergetic effect on the progression of macular degeneration," he added.
Meanwhile, a recent scientific breakthrough by experts at Harvard Medical School study into the cause of dry eye syndrome could lead to new treatments for a condition that affects millions of people, the specialists claim.
by Alexa Kaczka