Sight loss due to diabetes known as diabetic retinopathy is the worst thing that can happen to an individual and there is no turning back once you suffer from it. Normally the only solution to get rid of this problem would be to treat the patient by having a surgery, laser photocoagulation and intraocular injections which are very expensive and require hospitalization for quite some days. But researchers are determined to change that and infuse new life for such unfortunate patients as well as people who are in the initial stages of this disease. Researchers at Northumbria University’s Northern Design centre in Gateshead, England and PolyPhotonix Ltd in Sedgefield, England have created a Sleep Mask prototype that corrects eye sight loss noninvasively using light-emitting diodes (OLEDs).
This project is the world’s first noninvasive treatment for diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). At this point in time Sleep Mask is in prototype stage undergoing clinical trials and according to researchers leading this project it will change the way diabetic retinopathy is treated. Apparently the Sleep Mask can be worn by the user on top of the eyes just like any other ordinary mask and thereafter it treats the patient gradually after days of use.
According to Dr Stuart English, lead researcher of Sleep Mask project:
The product we have developed with PolyPhotonix is a treatment for macular eye disease that is non-invasive, saving lots of money over existing treatments such as using lasers and injections into the eye.
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