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New Treatments Hold Hope for Failing Eyes
Date:9/27/2009

eration, eye experts are exploring ways that drugs used to treat other nerve-damaging diseases such as Alzheimer's might be able to help save people's eyesight, Williams said.

"We're fairly optimistic that within three to five years we'll have a treatment for the dry form of macular degeneration," he said. "We know what happens is the nerve cells that sense the light are dying off. The thought here is if we attack the process that makes them die, we can save the vision."

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The U.S. National Eye Institute has more on macular degeneration.



SOURCES: David W. Parke II, M.D., executive vice president and chief executive, American Academy of Ophthalmology; George Williams, M.D., chairman of ophthalmology, and director, Beaumont Eye Institute, William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Mich.; U.S. National Eye Institute


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