Washington: There may be new found hope for patients whose eyesight is threatened when medicine injected directly into the eyes is unsuccessful in causing abnormal blood vessels to recede.While injectable drugs called angiogenesis (an-gee-oh-jen-esis) inhibitors are considered a modern miracle and have become the standard of care for patients with the fast-progressive form of macular degeneration, they are not foolproof.For the first time researchers report that an oral nutriceutical, used on a last resort basis, rapidly restores vision to otherwise hopeless patients who face permanent loss.Stuart Richer OD, PhD, Director, Ocular Preventative Medicine-Eye Clinic, James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, North Chicago, Illinois, said all other therapies were exhausted before employing the oral nutriceutical under compassionate-use protocols on a case-by-case basis.Usually most patients respond to medicine injected directly into the eyes, he said, but about one in three patients recover driving vision and one in six patients go on to experience permanent vision loss and others may refuse needle injections directly into the eyes, making them candidates for this rescue medicine.One striking case is an 88-year old woman whom retinal specialists said was beyond any help offered by conventional medicines or surgery. The nutriceutical helped this hospitalized woman regain her ability to see faces, read a menu and visualize her handwriting in just four days.“As she was an inpatient were also able to observe that her 40-year history of low-blood pressure and migraines improved after months of use,” said Dr. Richer.In another case a 75-year old man with failing vision experienced recovery of vision in 5 days and was able to renew his driver`s license after taking just 7 nutriceutical capsules.Dr. Richer said 16 of the first 17 cases responded positively to nutriceutical medicine. There were no side effects reported. Because these patients faced impending loss of vision, for ethical reasons no patients received inactive placebo pills.
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