Gene therapy breakthrough could improve sight - Cameron Optometry | Cameron Optometry
Gene therapy breakthrough could improve sight

Gene therapy breakthrough could improve sight

Posted on 19th January 2014

After years of exploration, I was delighted to read that scientists at Oxford Uni have succeeded in restoring the sight in people with a form of degenerative eye disease.

Choroideremia affects about 1 in 50,000 people who see their eye sight deteriorating as the light-detecting cells in their eyes die, usually becoming completely blind during their mid-life – a disease not dissimilar to the more widely known retinitis pigmentosa. There has been lots of research in this area but this is the first real world example of success.

Whilst the long-term effects are still unknown, the fact that the trial has had such early successes is a huge step forward and will give real hope to those suffering from various genetic eye diseases.

And it doesn’t stop there. There are many diseases with genetic components that affect eyesight, such as glaucoma which a number of my patients suffer from, and I am hopeful that the same principle could be used to treat a raft of similar diseases in the future.

What is especially heart-warming, is that the research was funded by the Tommy Salisbury Choroideremia Fund set up by the parents of Tommy, a 13-year-old boy from Kent who was diagnosed with the disease eight years ago. Wouldn’t it be great if he reaped the rewards of the research?

Read more about it here


Related Posts

Flashes and floaters explained

31st October 2018

What are flashes and floaters? Floaters look like small, dark spots or flecks that appear to move around the eye. They are more common if you are myopic (short-sighted) or if you have had eye surgery...

Read more

Eyewear trends for 2019

24th October 2018

Earlier this month the trio of Lesley, Gill and Amy jetted off to Paris on a trend-finding mission. The SILMO eyewear show is where the world’s eyewear brands gather to showcase their latest designs...

Read more

Vacancy: Retail optical assistant/ Front-of-house role

04th October 2018

Cameron Optometry is an award-winning optometry practice and eyewear boutique, based in Edinburgh’s New Town. The practice is growing and is soon to open another consulting room, as such we are look...

Read more

Please vote for Cameron Optometry: UK Optical Team of the Year Award

02nd October 2018

Great news! Cameron Optometry has been shortlisted for the UK Optical Team of the Year category at the AOP Awards. This is a real honour as the award recognises an optical team dedicated to deliv...

Read more