Let’s face it: cataracts and getting older pair together like peanut butter and jelly. 90% of those age 65 and older develop cataracts, and by the age of 75, as many as 50% have experienced vision loss as a result of them. And so far, the only recourse to restore cleared vision has been surgery.
Enter the latest development in the control of cataracts, which may be available in as soon as five to ten years: eye drops that can dissolve the damaged crystalline proteins that cataracts are comprised of. Tested in mice and humans, Jason Gestwicki of the University of California at San Francisco and study leader stated, “We did see very promising improvements in transparency and protein solubility in the lens … although not a complete reversal.”
Studies are continuing, and the outlook for an effective eye drop-based treatment is bright, expected to be both inexpensive and non-toxic, according to J. Fielding Hejtmancik of the US National Institutes of Health.
At Home Matters, we maintain a keen interest in all issues relating to senior care , the surrounding area, and we’ll keep you informed as this exciting development unfolds. If you have a loved one with cataracts or other vision issues, rest assured that our dedicated senior care aides can help keep him or her safe, happy, and independent at home. Contact us today to learn how we can help.