Updated: Oct 31, 2020 14:56 IST
Washington [US], October 31 (ANI): A potential new strategy for treating eye diseases that affect millions of people around the world, often resulting in blindness – has been discovered by a team of scientists.
Many serious eye diseases–including age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and related disorders of the retina–feature an abnormal overgrowth of new retinal blood vessel branches, which can lead to progressive loss of vision. It’s a phenomenon called “neovascularization.”
For the past decade and a half, eye doctors have been treating these conditions with drugs that block a protein, VEGF, that’s responsible for spurring new vessel growth. Such drugs have improved the treatment of these conditions, but don’t always work well and have potential safety issues….