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Friday, February 5, 2016

New Therapy To Restore Vision?

Could Statins Help Restore Vision? Drugs Found to Clear Away Deposits That Cause Blindness in the Elderly

Age-related macular degeneration is leading cause of blindness in elderly. Sight loss is caused by fatty deposits building up behind the retina. Study: High-dose treatment with statin Lipitor cleared away fatty deposits. This led to visual improvement - raising hopes the disease could be halted .

Ben Spencer | February 4, 2016

Statins may reverse the most common cause of blindness, according to new research.

An estimated 20 million people worldwide suffer with dry age-related macular degeneration - known as dry AMD - a disease which causes blurred vision and eventually blindness.
Known as the ‘Alzheimer’s of the eye’ because of the way it robs elderly people of their sight, the condition affects a quarter of British over-60s.
Until now there have been very few treatments for the condition, but experts have discovered that statins - a cheap cholesterol drug already taken by millions - may provide a solution.

Classification of Age-Related Macular Degeneration vs. Age-Related Maculopathy. Source:

<more at; related links: (High-Dose Statins May Ease Macular Degeneration for Some. The 'dry' form of the eye disease remains the leading cause of blindness in developed world. February 4, 2016) and (Statins could reverse most common form of blindness. The cholesterol-busting wonder drugs could have more benefits - preventing and reversing age-related macular degeneration. February 4, 2016)

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