As you may already know, aging and cataracts pair together like fish and chips. 90% of those age 65 and older develop cataracts, and by the age of 75, as many as 50% have experienced vision loss as a result of them. And currently, the only remedy to restore cleared vision has been surgery.
Enter the latest development in the control of cataracts, which may be available in as soon as five to ten years: eye drops that can dissolve the damaged crystalline proteins that cataracts are comprised of. Tested successfully in mice as well as humans, Jason Gestwicki of the University of California at San Francisco and head of the study noted, “We did see very promising improvements in transparency and protein solubility in the lens … although not a complete reversal.”
Research continues, and the future of an effective eye drop-based treatment is looking good, and expected to be both inexpensive and non-toxic, according to J. Fielding Hejtmancik of the US National Institutes of Health.
Stay tuned and we’ll keep you up to date as this exciting development in unfolds. For more articles related to Anchorage senior care, check out the rest of our blog. And if you or a loved one is in need of senior care services in Anchorage, Matanuska-Susitna or the surrounding areas, let Midnight Sun Home Care help. We can provide tips to make a home safer and more comfortable for a person with reduced vision. Contact us today at (907) 677-7890 to learn more!