A Cure is in Sight for Retinal Blindness - trust science
WORLD RETINA WEEK 21 to 27 September 2015
World Retina Week kicks off Eye Care Awareness Month in South Africa which runs through to the 18th October 2015. The remarkable progress being made in the fields of Gene Therapy, Stem cells and Artificial Retinas makes the dream of treatment for as yet incurable blindness an exciting reality.
Retinal conditions such as Macular Degenerations and Dystrophies, Retinitis Pigmentosa, and other rare conditions cause loss of vision in over 40 million people worldwide and a probable 150 000 South Africans. Clinical trials to find effective treatments are showing great promise and Retina South Africa is determined to bring these promising trials to South Africa.
The recent announcement that the artificial retina is being tested on patients with Age Related Macular Degeneration [AMD] is good news. There are far more patients worldwide affected by AMD than any other genetic retinal condition and this extended use of the artificial retina must eventually result in a lower user price.