Chennai, India (January 9, 2011) - While age-related vision loss of catastrophic proportions is predicted in coming decades, rising from 17 million patients today to 55 million by the year 2050, it's possible this catastrophe could be averted and lost vision even restored using molecular medicine.
These are the words of Stuart Richer, OD, PhD, speaking at the 10th annual meeting and International Conference on Recent Trends in Therapeutic Advancement of Free Radical Science, in Chennai, India today.
Dr. Richer says modern medicine is just beginning to evaluate data from the first cases where conventional medical and surgical efforts to restore lost vision had been exhausted and a molecular medicine approach was employed under compassionate use. Even other nutritional therapies including antioxidants were ineffective. Molecular medicine, where small molecules are utilized that can pass through the blood-retinal barrier and which can influence the genetic machinery inside living cells, appears to be very promising, says Dr. Richer.
While this therapy is still unproven, early data indicates larger trials are warranted. The first cases treated under a molecular medicine protocol provide evidence that not only can visual loss in the later years of life be preserved, but lost vision can be restored, particularly among the most severe cases of retinal disease or what is called advanced macular degeneration, says Dr. Richer.
"While I must qualify what I am saying by noting that the severity of retinal disease may improve on its own, I have now documented three consecutive cases where molecular medicine appears to have restored the normal architecture of the human retina and measurably improved visual function that could not be accomplished with conventional care. In one of these cases, vision improved when the patient took an oral a mineral-chelating antioxidant (Longevinex) and deteriorated when the patient ceased taking
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