Gel Might Make Eyes Young Again - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/20/04

Gel Might Make Eyes Young Again

Millions of baby boomers are faced with a condition known as Prsbyopia, which literally means "old eye." With age, the natural lens inside the eye loses the flexibility you need to change your focus from far to near.

But now, a space age gel might make aging eyes young again. Researchers at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami are working on a polymer to replace the fluid content of the eye lens.

This is used to keep it from hardening with age, which can also pave the way for cataracts. As it is now, cataract patients need surgery to remove part of the lens and replace it with an intraocular lens.

This experimental technique involves simply emptying the lens sack and refilling it with this liquid polymer. Light then turns it into this flexible gel that restores the eye much like when they were younger and could change focus from far to close without needing reading glasses.

So far, it works in animal studies. For more information, you can ( click here ).

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