Scientific Discovery Could Cure all Blindness

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“It’s a treatment which can make every eye perfect,” said Dr. Josef Bille, the pioneering scientist of the University of Heidelberg in Germany who invented eye surgery using lasers,.”We call it perfect vision, because it is twice as good as normal vision, so you see twice as fine detail at much better contrast… Five times better contrast vision at dim lighting conditions, rain or in foggy areas, ” reported CNN.com.

Having  acquired  dozens of patents and creating a number of  companies that have together provided the majority of the 280 million laser surgeries carried out in the world to date, Bille is still on a mission to cure blindness worldwide, according to CNN News. He recently received the EPO lifetime achievement award .”There shouldn’t be any blind person ten years from now in the world,” stated Bille.

The essential element in this process is femtosecond lasers, ultra-short and focused beams of light that efficiently target the bumps and film of a cataract without any cutting that can cause other  damage or complications in the healing process, according  to NBC.com.

“The lasers are precise enough to pinpoint individual molecules and subtly adjust their focus while leaving healthy material alone. Numerous tests have proved they offer significant safety advantages over existing best practice,” stated CNN.com.

“My target of 10 years to eliminate blindness may prove optimistic, with far more basic methods such as early screening used to tackle impairment in many of the worst affected parts of the world,” stated Bille.

The leading causes of blindness besides accidents include cataracts, a clouding of the lens as a result of aging, and long term exposure to the sun,  glaucoma which damages the eye’s optic nerve , resulting  from  fluid pressure inside the eyes slowly rising, damaging the optic nerve, macular degeneration, often called age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the breaking down of light sensitive cells or growth of abnormal blood vessels, and diabetic retinopathy caused by diabetes and affecting the retina, according to nlm.nih.gov.