Nearsightedness and farsightedness are eye conditions that can affect you at any stage of life. You need eyeglasses, contact lenses, or refractive surgery to correct your vision. But new eye drops developed by Israeli ophthalmologists may be able to improve both near- and farsightedness, eliminating the need for eyeglasses or contact lenses.
Eyeglasses may soon be a thing of the past
A team of ophthalmologists from Shaare Zedek Medical Center and Bar-Ilan University’s Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials (BINA) in Israel has developed eyedrops that can heal damaged corneas to improve both nearsightedness and farsightedness.
The eye drop therapy was successfully tested on pigs, where it was shown to fix mild vision problems in the animals. Scientists believe that the eye drops could potentially do the same for people, eliminating the need for eyeglasses. Human trials are expected to begin later this year.
Although it’s a promising development there is no clear idea of how often the eye drops need to be applied in order to fix a person’s corneas. Also, researchers still must determine what additional work needs to be done before moving on to human trials.