Can gene therapy cure blindness?

Can gene therapy cure blindness? There’s a lot of coverage about new “genetic therapies” and techniques and whether or not they’re going to bring about a revolution in medicine. From designer babies to stem cell therapy, every week there are stories that describe their promise as a miracle cure or layout their risks and explain why they should be avoided at all costs. Gene therapy is a hot topic for the media and, as a treatment that can clearly help…

Can I Have Laser Eye Surgery If I Have Macular Degeneration? [video]

Can I Have Laser Eye Surgery if I Have Macular Degeneration? The leading cause of sight loss in the UK, macular degeneration is a common visual condition that affects millions of people around the world. Although it’s most often considered as age-related, macular degeneration is a genetic condition that can affect anyone at any time. Macular degeneration comes in two types, “early” or “dry” (the most common), which involves the thinning of the retina, and “exudative” or “wet”, which involves…

How to look after your eyes in the sun

How to look after your eyes in the sun The story goes that one day, while routinely observing the sun through his telescope, Galileo, the great polymath astronomer, was instantly blinded in both eyes by its intense solar rays. And so, just like that, the father of modern physics and one of the greatest minds of recent times lost his sight, rather poetically, doing what he loved most. But this story is nothing more than that — a story. Did you spot…