Researchers at Sweden’s Lund University are using new technology in hopes of determining why people suffer vision loss due to issues such as retinal detachment and glaucoma. Up to this point, research on eye diseases that lead to vision loss have focused almost entirely on the biomechanics of the eye. This new research, a collaboration between the Departments of Clinical Sciences and Biology at Lund University, will focus instead on the biomechanics of the entire central nervous system in hopes of finding an explanation as to why people develop these diseases.
Researchers have already grown retinal tissue from adult pigs that has been stretched to a similar state as a normal human eye. They have found that when the mechanical balance is disturbed, by being compressed for example, the tissue dies in a matter of days. Their initial findings indicate that the biomechanical factors that control tissue health in the central nervous system influence eye diseases that lead to vision loss. Their hope is to not only better understand these diseases, but to discover more effective late-term treatments and even a potential cure.
Glaucoma is a condition in which the optic nerve becomes damaged. There is currently cure for glaucoma, but it can be treated when caught early on. Symptoms of glaucoma include a sudden onset of vision disruption such as blurriness, but in many instances the disease is caught only through frequent eye examinations.
If you have not recently been screened for glaucoma, please find an ophthalmologist in your area to schedule an eye exam today.