HIV Drugs May Prevent Vision Loss

Picture Of An OphthalmologistWhile Macular degeneration is the number one cause of vision loss among older Americans, there are currently no FDA-approved medications to treat the condition. Ten million Americans are living with macular degeneration. Jayakrishna Ambati, a University of Virginia professor of ophthalmology, has discovered that HIV drugs may prevent vision loss.

"We've been trying to find drugs that are already approved for other diseases that might be re-purposed for this condition and the group of drugs we found that does that are a group of anti-HIV drugs called NRTI's and found that people who take them have about a 40-percent risk reduction of getting macular degeneration," said Jayakrishna Ambati, Director of the Center for Advanced Vision Science at UVA.

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"HIV drugs may prevent vision loss"

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