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Scientists Develop Eye Drops that Dissolve Cataracts

May 14, 2019 / Omolola Famodun

Researchers from the University of California, San Diego, have developed a new drug that can be administered directly into the eye through an eye dropper to shrink and dissolve cataracts – the leading cause of blindness in humans. While the effects are yet to be tested on humans, the team hopes to replicate the findings in clinical trials and offer an alternative to the only treatment that is currently available to cataract patients, which is painful and often prohibitively expensive surgery. According to the result published in a journal Pubmed, It has been estimated that cataractaccounted for 47.8 percent of the 37 million people who were blind in Nigeria. However, surveys conducted earlier also showed that the prevalence of cataract blindness among people aged 50 and above ranged between 2.1 and 3.8 percent in Northern Nigeria and 4.1 percent in the Niger Delta.