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Molecular medicine could avert predicted catastrophic vision loss in the aged
Date:1/10/2011

e are beginning to document that lost vision can be restored, sufficient to help senior adults maintain an active lifestyle, which includes driving an automobile," he says.

Dr. Richer's first case showing molecular medicine improved the vision of an 80-year old man was published in the journal Optometry in 2009.

Dr. Richer cautions patients with existing macular degeneration to be judicious in their use of nutriceuticals, such as resveratrol pills, since very low doses may be ineffective and mega-doses may actually generate free radicals and be toxic. He says the nutriceutical formula chosen for his study, unlike other resveratrol pills, was recently documented to be non-toxic at any tested dose.

"The human retina has tremendous regenerative capacity when molecular medicine is applied," says Dr. Richer. "We are just beginning to appreciate and document the value of small natural molecules that can pass through the blood-retinal barrier and influence the genetic machinery within living cells," he says.

Resveratrol, known as a red wine molecule, exhibits almost magical properties, promoting new blood vessels which speed healing after a heart attack, but doing the exact opposite in the retina, inhibiting the development of new blood vessels which can destroy vision.


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Contact: Stuart Richer, O.D., Ph.D.
Stuart.Richer1@va.gov
847-409-4131
Resveratrol Partners LLC, dba LONGEVINEX
Source:Eurekalert

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