Man sees again after 55 years of blindness

Man sees again after 55 years of blindness

A man who lost the sight in his right eye after being hit with a stone 55 years ago has had it restored thanks to a pioneering new operation.

Specialists at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary have reported on the case, published in BioMed Central"s open access Journal of Medical Case Reports, which shows how the man benefitted form two procedures carried out at the hospital.

Doctors first relieved the man"s pain, caused by hyphema, neovascular glaucoma, high intraocular pressure and a detached retina, by reducing pressure, then treated the neovascular glaucoma using monoclonal antibody therapy.

After surgery the man could count fingers at a distance of five metres and, although a year later the patient required further retinal surgery because scars inside his eye were forcing parts of the retina to become detached again, the second operation proved successful.

It comes after a new computer modeling study carried out at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, revealed that the drug ranibizumab reduces the prevalence and severity of legal blindness and visual impairment caused by age-related macular degeneration.

by Adrian Galbreth

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