The Key to Curing Glaucoma in Humans? Animals.

Oct 29, 2014 | Uncategorized

Using an animal model, researchers have discovered a new cause of glaucoma, which could lead to a cure for the leading cause of blindness in humans.

Based on the new findings, Northwestern University researchers are already developing eye drops they aimed at curing the disease.

The study identifies the molecular building blocks needed to make “drainage” vessels, giving scientists the chemical tools to restore the eye’s normal drainage – and vision, hopefully.

“This is a big step forward in understanding the cause of the disease that steals the eyesight from 60 million people worldwide,” said Dr. Susan Quaggin, the study’s lead author. “Our goal now is to grow new ‘pipes’ or vessels to cure the glaucoma.”

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