by Medindia Content Team on  July 16, 2006 at 3:15 PM General Health News
Decline in Human Donor Eyes Affects Vision Research
A decline in the number of human donor eyes provided for ophthalmology research by U.S. eye banks may have a negative impact on clinical ophthalmology , according to an article published in the July issue of Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science.

"Nowhere do impediments to obtaining human eyes for research have more impact than in the effort to understand age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of new vision loss in the elderly," said study author Christine Curcio, Ph.D., UAB professor of ophthalmology.

Curcio's survey of members of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology showed that cost and lack of availability of tissue meeting stringent criteria were the main factors inhibiting vision research.

(Source: Newswise)

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