Researchers at the University of Manchester have identified the early signs of age-related macular degeneration(AMD).
A study funded by the Macular Society described an important step towards finding a treatment for the most common cause of adult blindness. Researchers identified higher numbers of cast cells in the eyes of those with present risk genes. Even when there were symptoms, suggesting an early mechanism in common.
Researcher at the University of Manchester, Dr Richard Unwin, said: ‘What is really exciting about this work is that we are studying tissue from people before they have signs of the disease. This gives us a look into the very earliest stages, and gives us hope that we can intervene to stop the disease developing and ultimately prevent loss of vision.’