Imagine driving in a snowstorm without windscreen wipers. That’s how it feels to live with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) every day.
The condition, which affects some 7 million people in Europe, initially presents as blurred vision, but can ultimately lead to total blindness.
Though its progression can be slowed the disease is currently incurable. But hope is in sight in the form of a biohybrid artificial retina.
Spanish scientists have developed the new retina using several layers of retinal cells, which are held together by a silk protein solution and encased in a protective gel.
The aim is to implant these into the eyes of AMD sufferers and restore their vision.