Being blind or losing sight is a crucial issue in our everyday life. Sight is one of the most important sense that would lead to loss of a huge part of life. These disorders has inspired different researchers to find solutions. The problem is in the fact that being blind is not yet explained thoroughly; with no reasons known for the condition.
However, a recent study conducted by a team from the University of California, Berkeley has just tried new approach on blind mice that actually allowed them to regain their sight. The team of scientists used a gene which they inserted in the eye through receptors of green-light. After a timespan of a month the mice were observed to regain their eye sight and showed reactions to objects and movement similar to non-blind mice.
The team has released statement believing that the approach can be used on human in a time of three years. They believe this approach will be effective for patients who suffer from blindness due to retinal degeneration. The vision restored will be minimal but will be enough for them to read and watch videos.
The lead researcher of the study is a UC Berkeley professor of molecular and cell biology and director of the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute named Ehud Isacoff. She commented on their discovery saying, “You would inject this virus into a person’s eye and, a couple months later, they’d be seeing something. With neurodegenerative diseases of the retina, often all people try to do is halt or slow further degeneration.”