Eye disease in rats

Research in rats, published during Glaucoma Awareness Month, suggests potential treatments for the eye condition.

Scientists at Karolinska Institutet, St. Erik Eye Hospital, Sweden, Cardiff University, UK, and University of Copenhagen, Denmark, used rats to study glaucoma – an eye disease that leads to either partial or total loss of vision.

The researchers (pictured) found and quantified changes in microglia cells - the main form of immune defence in the central nervous system.

“This study furthers the evidence of an inflammatory immune component to glaucoma and identifies new targets to follow up as potential therapies which could benefit future patients,” said James Tribble, first author of the study.

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