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Recycling of the Eye's Light Sensors is Faulty in Progressive Blindness of Older Adults

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With the National Eye Institute reporting that about 11 million older adults in the U.S. endure a condition that leads to progressive blindness, known as age-related macular degeneration, University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) researchers are starting to understand what goes wrong in the disease, in order to develop new therapies to treat it.

Using human tissue and mice in their new study, published on June 23 in Nature Communications, they showed that the process which removes the eye's old, damaged light sensors is disrupted in macular degeneration.

Although more than 50 ...