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Could glasses soon be history ?

September 15, 2010 | Comment icon 19 comments

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Scientists have identified the gene responsible for short-sightedness that could lead to a cure within 10 years.
Short-sightedness is one of the most common eye conditions in the world and affects almost a third of the population in Britain. The new breakthrough could mean that simple eye drops could be used to cure short-sightedness completely within a decade.
Scientists have identified a gene that causes short-sightedness, a discovery which paves the way for treatment to prevent one of the world's most common eye disorders. So could this mean the end of spectacles?

Source: BBC News | Comments (19)

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Comment icon #10 Posted by The Big Boss 11 years ago
I'll cast my lot in when they develop night vision, or at least low light vision.
Comment icon #11 Posted by archernyc 11 years ago
Whenever I might I want a new perspective, its much easier to just take off my glasses and just see blurs everywhere. Its not bad, its look nice with all the colours flowing into each other. Also its a great feeling when I put the glasses back on, almost as if the world just got clearer. That's very funny - I do the same thing sometimes. I would have tried this when I was younger, but one of the side effects of aging is that I am now short-sighted, far-sighted AND have astigmatism. I would LOVE to get rid of my glasses - they fall off me in many yoga poses; they steam up in the winter; pain in... [More]
Comment icon #12 Posted by Slorri 11 years ago
It seems that those who want to stick to glasses are doing it out of sheer sentimental stubbornness. At least IMO. No offense, of course, I don't even really see why it should. You know, they give you that intellectual look, and also it's a winner when it comes to fist fights. (Never had one, never lost one).
Comment icon #13 Posted by farandaway 11 years ago
In the US we call it nearsighted, short sighted means something else entirely! But seriously this would be great for people who don't want to wear glasses. I've always been partial to wearing them myself, they keep things from flying into my eyes, but there have been times when I've wanted to throw them across the room!
Comment icon #14 Posted by Avant 11 years ago
It's not always about sentimental value, I'd take the drops and get some glasses with just glass lenses. I've worn glasses most my life so when I take them off I look know what I'm talking about...when you see someone who always wears glasses take them off there's something not quite right about the way they look.
Comment icon #15 Posted by booNyzarC 11 years ago
I have a strong tendency to lose, damage, or even outright destroy small possessions. I'm sure I'm not the only person with this problem. This is a wondrous idea. Even you guys who would prefer physical glasses, whatever reason, could really use a bottle of the drops. Imagine you break your glasses while driving on the highway or in a very large foreign city, downtown. Wouldn't it be prudent to have a quick and easy backup, despite its "inferior" nature? It seems that those who want to stick to glasses are doing it out of sheer sentimental stubbornness. At least IMO. No offense, of course, I d... [More]
Comment icon #16 Posted by Still Waters 11 years ago
It seems that those who want to stick to glasses are doing it out of sheer sentimental stubbornness. At least IMO. No offense, of course, I don't even really see why it should. No offense taken. I've no motive for keeping my glasses, I just want to be able to see what I'm doing If the eye drops were proved to be a safe alternative, then I would consider them. Apart from that I'm a big coward when it comes to anything medical so laser surgery is out of the question for me.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Druidus-Logos 11 years ago
(above emphasis mine, with all respect) That would be a cool invention as well, but that isn't what the article is talking about. It's about preventing the root cause of the problem, not acting as a supplementary remedy for the after effects. From the article: Scientists based in London have identified a gene that causes myopia and are confident that drugs could be developed to halt the distorted growth of the eye that brings about the condition. In about 10 years, shortsightedness could be cured through eye drops, says Dr Chris Hammond, who led the research at King's College London. It's an i... [More]
Comment icon #18 Posted by MissMelsWell 11 years ago
I dunno, I've worn glasses all my life but I'm not short-sighted too badly at all (I can drive without corrective lenses no problem and read road signs lol) . My problem is the opposite, far-sightedness and I've been far-sighted since I was in about 2nd grade. I also have an astigmatism. Basically, I'm blind as a bat and have worn tri-focal lenses since well, I was maybe 14. My vision is not something that can be corrected with surgery, but eighteen months ago, I FINALLY got a gift from the vision gods... hydrogel, multi focal contact lenses. They're essentially contacts, that feel like jelly,... [More]
Comment icon #19 Posted by danielost 11 years ago
i think this whole thread is anti-cyborg. we cyborgs have to stand together.

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