Posted by: fortishospitals | April 19, 2011

An injection that can cure blindness.

Eye specialists and surgeons may soon have a new tool to cure blindness and restore loss of vision. A team of international scientists claim to have developed a new eye jab that they claim could cure blindness.

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As of their new invention, the Britain’s Yorkshire Eye Hospital which carried out the study in association with a team of international scientists says that the new steroid implant is used to prevent the sudden loss of sight caused by a blockage of veins at the rear of the eye.

The jab can also be used to prevent blindness caused by other causes such as diabetes and age related macular degeneration, said the experts.

“This is very exciting and could be used in a wide potential range of sight loss problems. The results are astounding,” the Daily Express quoted Shafiq Rehman, a specialist at the Yorkshire Eye Hospital in Bradford, as saying.

The treatment currently is only available privately and still needs to be assessed by the Government health and drug watchdog, the National Institute for Clinical Excellence.

New treatment is welcomed by specialists
Medical specialists have hailed the new treatment method that its developers claim is the first-of-its-kind treatment which is safe and effective and could help patients with the problem.

“This is new, it works and it’s wonderful. To date there have been no really safe and effective treatments for people with inflammation at the back of the eye. This is the first,” said Oliver Backhouse, consultant ophthalmologist at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

The Royal National Institute of Blind People in Britain has also hailed the breakthrough, saying the implant is an “exciting new development.”

First patient calls the treatment ‘brilliant’
Carol Johnys is believed to be one of the first patients in Britain to have her sight saved by the new treatment. The 52-year-old, who lives alone in Bradford, West Yorkshire, had already suffered from severely impaired vision in her right eye caused by macular eye disease.

After having the steroid implant fitted she rates her eyesight as “brilliant.”

She said, “There was a definite improvement in my vision just a week later. It has given me a new lease of life.”

Widowed Margaret Sheard said: “It definitely saved my sight.” The 83-year-old, of Cleckheaton, Yorkshire, had already suffered problems with her eyes when she had sudden loss of vision in her left eye.

“I had already had treatment to both cataracts and laser treatment to my right eye. When my vision went in my left eye I assumed I needed another blast of laser but it was not the case,” explained Margaret, a retired photographic artist, nurse and mother of three.

“I live alone and needed to save my sight so I could carry on being independent,” she added. “It’s improved my eyesight no end and the quality of my life.”

src : Neelam Goswami.

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