Following successful tests on mice with cataracts, this new discovery looks set to revolutionise the treatment of cataracts in humans….
….And could also offer hope for the many dogs (and other pets) that develop cataracts, leading to impaired eyesight and even blindness.
More than half of Americans over the age of 70 have cataracts, caused by clumps of proteins collecting in the eye lens. The only way to remove them is surgery, an unavailable or unaffordable option for many of the 20 million people worldwide who are blinded by the condition. Now, a new study in mice suggests eye drops made with a naturally occurring steroid could reverse cataracts by teasing apart the protein clumps.