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Research shows Viagra can improve eyesight and could potentially cure blindness

Research shows Viagra can improve eyesight and could potentially cure blindness

As surprising as it may sound, a new study has found that Viagra, the erectile dysfunction drug, could possibly cure blindness. According to a report in Daily Mail, Viagra is said to have the potential to “stop further loss of vision for patients” and that it “could even repair the damage that’s already been done.” The report is based on the research carried out for two years by scientists at Columbia University in New York. The research suggested that the drug slows down age-related muscular degeneration (AMD). This could be a huge advancement in the field of medicine. A small blue pill that gives you back the power to see and stops your eyesight from getting worse? Yes, please!

Five elderly patients who took part in the experiment had AMD and were given the drug for two years. The dosage was one pill a day. Ophthalmologica published the result of the study and it reportedly “showed that the drug improved vision for one participant and completely halted deterioration for the others.” Viagra isn’t the only drug to show signs of slowing the attack of AMD. They are not as convenient as Viagra as they have to be injected in the macula every 30 days. 

Research says that Viagra, the anti impotence drug to cure blindness 
Research says that Viagra, the anti impotence drug to cure blindness 

AMD is said to be the leading cause of blindness in the United Kingdom. About 600,000 people have reportedly already lost their eyesight due to the condition. AMD is of two types, wet and dry. The wet type is said to act fast, it can cause loss of eyesight in just under 90 days.

The dry type, that is said to be the most common with about 90 percent of cases involving this form, takes its time. It is said to take complete effect over the course of many years.  This form of AMD usually affects people aged 50 or above. The report says that the condition occurs when fresh blood vessels grow over the back of the eye called macula. Macula helps us in determining details of what we see and is a small oval shaped pigmented area that is a part of the retina.  

After the vessels grow on the macula, they start leaking — and that in turn creates a scar tissue that tends to layer over the oval-shaped part of the eye. This causes one to lose clear vision in the center of the eye. this condition usually makes it difficult to clearly see faces, or do everyday activities like reading or watching television. 

The study suggests that Viagra can improve the circulation of blood to this tissue. The researchers said, “Viagra offers significant potential for vision retention and recovery. It is notable that patients remained visually stable and there was a significant improvement in vision in one participant.”

Professor Sobha Sivaprasad from the Royal College of Ophthalmologists said that although the results of the study are pretty promising, she still felt that the scale is too small. “We now need bigger studies to replicate these findings before Viagra can be used as a treatment,” she said.