Cataract drug has been found

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Health & Insurance----Cataract is an eye disease that is characterized by the eye lens is cloudy and foggy. The normal eye lens is transparent in color and contains a lot of water so that light can penetrate easily. The lens is not cloudy can not forward the light onto the retina to be processed by the visual nerve to the brain.

Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in the world with more than half of victims aged 65 years and over. Cataracts in children are very rare, the probability is approximately 3 cases compared to 10,000 children.

Until now, there is no drug that can prevent or cure cataracts. The only treatment is to dissect the cloudy lens and replaced with a synthetic lens.

But now, scientists from the University of Adelaide in Australia for the first time discovered a revolutionary treatment that can prevent eye lens opacities gradually. Testing of new compounds that collaborated with drug companies Therapeutics calpain has been shown to significantly slow the progression of cataracts.

"By using these drugs at early stages, cataract progression can be slowed so that the disease will not actually grow more severe," said Professor Andrew Abell, chairman of the inventors of the drug that has been working on this project for ten years.

At present, surgery to remove cataract procedure lasted for 30-45 minutes. With the use glasses, about 95 percent of patients who had surgery reported normal vision immediately.

"Our drug can be either drops or creams are used to the eyes every night before sleep. Through a routine eye exam, eye doctors can find out the early stages of cataract formation before the person know they have cataracts. Once detected, the patient can begin to use drugs to slow down our development of cataracts, "said Dr. Tim Lovell, CEO of calpain Therapeutics

"We know that if someone has a cataract in one eye, chances are the other eye will also be affected. Delaying the onset of cataract in one eye has been diagnosed with cataracts may slow growth for a while," added Dr. Lovell.

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