Cypriot scientists have discovered a new treatment for wet macular degeneration which involves taking high doses of omega-3 fatty acids that improve visual acuity and field three months after the beginning of treatment, ophthalmologist Tasos Georgiou said.
“We have achieved a new treatment here at the institute; this new treatment, not only protects the eyes from vision loss, but also improves the patient’s vision,” Georgiou, who is chief ophthalmologist at the Nicosia-based Ophthalmos Institute of Research and Education, told Cyprus Mail.
The age-related macular degeneration is a serious visual disorder that may lead to central vision loss, which would normally allow a person to recognize faces, read, drive and do other everyday activities. While dry macular degeneration is the most common form of disease and leads to a gradual reduction of central vision loss, the wet form is the most serious one, as it can lead to a sudden vision loss and, ultimately, blindness.
Georgiou said that macular degeneration comes from small inflammations that destroy the cells on the patient’s retina. High doses of omega-3 fatty acids taken by a patient in liquid form through the mouth, slowly remove the inflammation and lead to a gradual cell recovery.
Ophthalmos Institute treated over 400 patients in the past six years since it started researching new therapies, Georgiou said. A 45-year-old woman who lost 85% of her eyesight “regained her sight with a 65% visual difference” after 18 months of treatment and is now able to drive, he said.