June 13, 2016
We all know it: aging and cataracts go together like salt and pepper. 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 up till now, the only way to restore cleared vision has been surgery.
Enter the latest news in the control of cataracts, which may be available in as early as five to ten years: eye drops that can dissolve the damaged crystalline proteins of which cataracts are made. Tested in not just mice but humans as well, Jason Gestwicki of the University of California at San Francisco and lead of the study said, “We did see very promising improvements in transparency and protein solubility in the lens…although not a complete reversal.”
Studies continue, but the prognosis for an effective eye drop-based cataract treatment is excellent, expected to be both inexpensive and non-toxic, according to J. Fielding Hejtmancik of the US National Institutes of Health.
We look forward to watching as this exciting development unfolds! And in the meantime, Continuum’s in home care services of St. Louis can help seniors struggling with the challenges of vision issues. Whether it’s just a little help with light housework a few hours a week, or full-time, around-the-clock care, helping with personal care needs, meal planning and preparation, shopping and running errands, or whatever the need may be, you can trust Continuum to make life safer and more comfortable for the seniors you love. Call us for more information about our in home care services of St. Louis and St. Charles counties at 314-863-9912.