Scientists Make Huge Breakthrough With Blindness Treatment

Scientists Make Huge Breakthrough With Blindness Treatment

( – Loss of vision is one of the most devastating things that can happen to a person. Unfortunately, many conditions can bring it about, and it’s not all that uncommon. The CDC estimates there are around 12 million Americans over the age of 40 with some degree of visual impairment.

Recently, scientists have made a breakthrough that could bring important developments for people suffering from vision loss. On Monday, May 24, Nature Medicine released a study on optogenetic therapy, a cutting-edge medical intervention that can improve vision in patients with optic nerve damage.

The study outlines the experiences of one participant, a 58-year-old man left almost entirely blind by a condition called retinitis pigmentosa. After undergoing the new therapy, the man’s vision improved significantly, allowing him to see and count objects. You can watch this unfold in the clip below.

Modern medicine has improved the quality of human life immeasurably over the last few decades, and it looks like it’s going to continue doing so.

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