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Scientists develop revolutionary drug to prevent cataracts

Published on 14/10/2011

Patients with private medical insurance could soon avoid developing cataracts, as scientists in Australia have created a revolutionary drug which could stop the debilitating condition in its tracks.

Cataracts are the main cause of world blindness, and affect over half of 65 year olds. Currently the only treatment for cataracts is a surgical procedure in which the lens is removed, taking up to 45 minutes.

Testing of the new drug compound has slowed cataract progression in preliminary trials. The drug targets a specific protein in eye tissue, and could prevent cataracts from developing rather than having the cloudy lens removed.

The team of scientists, at Adelaide University in Australia, claim that the drug could be used as a drop or a cream to be applied to the eyes before going to sleep.

Although the drug has yet to be tested on humans, it could end up being the first non-surgical treatment for the condition, slowing and even stopping the growth of cataracts.

People with private health insurance often have access to drugs and treatments not approved for use on the NHS. Compare health insurance policies online now to gain peace of mind about your future health.

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