We may prefer to ignore it, but the fact is that aging and cataracts often go together like bread and butter. 90% of older adults age 65 and up develop cataracts, and by the age of 75, as many as 50% have experienced some loss of vision as a result of them. Heaven at Home Senior Care, providers of elder care in Denton, TX and the surrounding area trusts, notes that to date, the only solution to restore cleared vision has been surgery.
Enter the latest research for cataract control, which may be available within five to ten years: eye drops that can dissolve the damaged crystalline proteins that cataracts are comprised of. 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.
Stay tuned and we’ll keep you updated as this exciting development unfolds. In the meantime, if you or a loved one is searching for top-rated elder care in Denton, TX or the surrounding communities, contact Heaven at Home Senior Care today at (940) 380-0500.