Scientists have successfully restored vision in 12 infants born with congenital cataracts, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports.
A trial at the University of California at San Diego used a treatment that regenerates the eye's lens using the patients' own stem cells to create working lenses. The small study restored the vision of 12 children.
The treatment was developed by researchers at Sun Yat-sen University and UC San Diego, where
Dr Kang Zhang, the chief of Ophthalmic Genetics at the Institute for Genomic Medicine, was lead author of the study. He said he hopes a similar procedure could help older patients with cataracts.
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