Health Visionary research to combat blindness

Visionary research to combat blindness

A cure for age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, a leading cause of blindness, could happen within the blink of an eye.

The disease causes sufferers to slowly lose their sight as cells in the retina start to die.

“If you live into your eighties, there’s a big chance you’re going to get AMD,” said Bond University’s Associate Professor Nigel Barnett.

He’s leading a team which hopes to implant new retinal cells in the eye, to restore sight.

Dr Barnett and his researchers have already developed an eye-tech way to grow new retinal cells from stem cells.

Experiments in rats have shown that the news cells can stop blindness in the short-term.

“The next step is to make sure the newly implanted cells survive over the long-term,” he said.

“We don’t want them to succumb to the same issues that killed the original cells.”

Dr Barnett said he hopes to begin human trials in 2023.

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