Study: Cholesterol drugs could help patients with macular degeneration
Posted at: 04/04/2013 12:26 PM
Researchers found that drugs used to treat high cholesterol could be able to help patients with macular degeneration.
Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness among older adults.
One potential cause is a build-up of white blood cells that are supposed to clear cholesterol from the eyes -- these cells also trigger an abnormal amount of blood vessel growth.
Researchers at Washington University gave mice cholesterol-lowering drugs in the form of eye drops. They found the drops cut down on the build up of blood vessels and white blood cells in the eyes.
The treatment is still in the early stages, it hasn't been tested on humans yet, but the hope is that cholesterol drugs already on the market could be used to treat the disease.