Understanding lens aging: the molecular basis of presbyopia [ 2006 - 2008 ]

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Researchers Prof JW McAvoy; A/Prof RJ Truscott; Dr JA Aquilina

Brief description Ageing has major consequences in the deterioration of vision, notably, the inability to focus on near objects. The understanding gained through this study of age-related lens changes may allow us to prescribe drugs or diets that alter lens properties and thus delay the need for glasses. This would have great benefits not just in decreased inconvenience of users, but also in cost to the middle-aged and elderly. In addition, data will be used to underpin the development of a flexible intraocular lens (IOL). Hard IOLs are routinely inserted into human eyes following cataract surgery. In the future, flexible IOLs based on the properties of young lenses will be used, rather than reading glasses. This new industry could be based in Australia.

Funding Amount $300,000

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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