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Groundbreaking treatment could restore sight

Words by Blyth Brentnall

Researchers may have discovered a new, life-changing treatment for people living with blindness.

Doctors have successfully treated a boy with blindness as part of a study that involved administering gene therapy through eyedrops. The treatment decreased his eye scarring drastically and restored his sight.

The gene therapy came from a treatment for dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa, a rare genetic condition that causes blisters all over the body and in the eyes. Since the treatment worked for skin, the researchers asked themselves why it would not also work for eyes?

This one successful case opens the door to similar therapies that could potentially treat millions of people with other eye diseases.

The prospect of treating more conditions this way is “exciting,” said Dr. Aimee Payne, a dermatology professor at the University of Pennsylvania who isn’t involved in the research.

Charity check-in

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The Life You Can Save. They work to help end malaria around the world. Consider donating

TB A!ert. They are working towards a future without tuberculosis. Support them here

Doctors Without Borders. Medical workers supporting people through crises. Find out more

This article aligns with the UN SDG Good Health and Wellbeing.

This article aligns with the following UN SDGs