An expert in the US has expressed hope that glaucoma could be the first neurodegenerative disease for which a cure can be found.
There are greater levels of anticipation than ever in the run-up to the next annual research overview held by the Glaucoma Research Foundation, according to the organisation's president and chief executive officer Thomas Brunner.
Co-chaired by entrepreneurs and philanthropists, the next event takes place on January 28th in San Francisco.
Mr Brunner said there is an "emerging sense" that a cure for the condition can be found, as "conventional understanding of glaucoma evolves from being described as an eye disease to a neurodegenerative disease".
That "extraordinary possibility" is likely to be a common theme throughout presentations at the event, he added.
Meanwhile a study assessing the potential effects of herbal supplement ginkgo biloba as a potential treatment for another neurodegenerative condition, Alzheimer's disease, has apparently produced less encouraging results.
A 240 milligram daily dose of the supplement had no significant effect on the onset of Alzheimer's or dementia, according to findings published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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