* Cataracts could be treated with eye drops instead of surgery in future, study says – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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PHOTO: In the future, cataracts could be treated with eye drops instead of costly surgery, scientists say. (ABC TV)

PHOTO: In the future, cataracts could be treated with eye drops instead of costly surgery, scientists say. (ABC TV)

An eye drop tested on dogs suggests that cataracts, the most common cause of blindness in humans, could one day be cured without surgery, a study says.

A naturally-occurring molecule called lanosterol, administered with an eye dropper, shrank canine cataracts, a team of scientists reported in Nature.

Currently the only treatment available for the debilitating growths, which affect tens of millions of people worldwide, is going under the knife.

While surgery is generally simple and safe, the number of people who need it is set to double in the next 20 years as populations age. And for many, it remains prohibitively costly.

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Source: Cataracts could be treated with eye drops instead of surgery in future, study says – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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