Gene Therapy to Restore Sight to Near Blind Patients

#Health

Fri, Aug 14th, 2015 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

The Drug Discovery & Development website notes that a gene therapy trial performed by the University of Pennsylvania/Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, was able to restore vision in blind patients by "strengthening visual pathways from the retina."

Bennett said her patients had little vision up front. “They could see fairly well only if they were on a beach at high noon in mid-summer, they required that much light to see anything. Inside it was too dark for them to walk independently, or see in fine visual detail, or read. The patients ranged from ages 8 to 45 at time of intervention. Some could only see very, very bright light, no details. Others could see big shapes. After therapy, children could read, play sports, and ride bicycles to their friends’ houses. Adults could navigate independently, attend college....and see their kids’ faces.”

  1386

 

You may also be interested in:

Bioengineering the End of Ageing
“We simply called it ageing.”
First Aid Kit That Can Be Used Entirely With One Hand
Device Allows Reanimating Hearts After a Person Has Died
Tap Water Better Than Bottled