Breakthrough by Indian origin UK doctor brings 'blindness cure' closer to reality

Tuesday, 18 February 2014 - 11:59am IST | Agency: ANI


 An Indian origin researcher has taken a step closer towards cure for blindness by discovering an ultra-thin layer hidden deep in the eye that can help treat glaucoma.

Professor Harminder Dua, of Nottingham University, has discovered just how the ultra-thin layer- which is just 0.001mm thick- works, suggesting that it could now be vital for beating glaucoma, the Daily Express reported. The researcher discovered that the layer, dubbed Dua’s Layer, plays a vital role in the structure of the tissue that controls the flow of fluid from the eye.

The study shows that the new layer, is located at the back of the cornea between the corneal stroma and Descemet’s membrane, makes an important contribution to the sieve-like trabecular meshwork in the cornea. 

The study was published in the Journal of Ophthal- mology.

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