Cure in sight for retinal blindness

2016-08-17 06:00

WORLD Retina Week is observed in 40 countries to create awareness of the progress towards treatment for retinal genetic conditions through scientific research. The remarkable progress being made in the fields of gene therapy, stem cells and artificial retinas makes the dream of treatment for as yet incurable blindness as exciting reality.

Retinal conditions such as Macular Degeneration and dystrophy, Retinitis pigmentosa, and other rare conditions cause loss of vision in over 40 million people worldwide and a probable 150 000 South Africans.

Clinical trials to find effective treatments are showing great promise and Retina South Africa is determined to bring these promising trials to South Africa.

Early diagnosis is essential.

For more information on any genetic retinal disorder visit www.

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