• Question: have u discovered/ close to finding a cure for blindness

    Asked by archiediable to Omar, Hannah on 15 Jan 2019.
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      Omar Mahroo answered on 15 Jan 2019:

      There are lots of different causes of blindness. Some causes like cataract (where the lens inside the front of the eye becomes cloudy) can be cured with an operation that lasts only about 30 minutes, which is amazingly rewarding both for the doctor and patient! Other causes like some diseases of the retina (the structure at the back of the eye that senses light) do not have a cure at the moment. I and lots of other researchers are trying to understand these diseases better in the hope that one day this could help us find a cure.