Atypical Blood Vessels and Blindness
August 12, 2015

Atypical Blood Vessels and Blindness

Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have recently discovered the ways in which specific immune cells contribute to vision loss in older patients with macular degeneration. According to their recent studies, this discovery may open therapeutic pathways that could alter immune cells and interfere with abnormal blood vessel growth, thereby halting the progression of blindness related to this common vision disorder.

Macular degeneration is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. Currently, there is no cure for this condition, but the disease can be managed through lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise. Any treatments that could potentially halt vision loss offer hope for an eventual cure.

Symptoms of macular degeneration may include:

  • Difficulties adjusting to low light situations
  • Haziness in central vision
  • Decreased color intensity
  • Blurry vision
  • A blind spot in the central vision

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms it is best to contact our eye doctors right away. When caught early on, certain treatment options can help prevent a rapid loss of vision.

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