Eye Regeneration – A Look Into the Future

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Could a Blind Eye Regenerate?

At Braille Works, we’re always trying to keep up with the latest advancements in health and vision. This community is important to us- you are important to us. So, we wanted to share this pretty interesting lesson with you. It’s about eye regeneration.

It turns out that one of the most promising leads in repairing blindness in humans might actually come from a fish; the Zebrafish. Take some time out of your busy day and watch what could be the future of medicine- a lesson in how being more like a fish could help our bodies repair themselves.

We link to a TED talk in this post, where the story of the Zebrafish is told. Unlike humans, Zebrafish have a unique quality where they can regrow parts of themselves that have been damaged. That means if they injure the specialized parts of their eyes with disease or toxin, it just grows back!

Humans aren’t so lucky, the TED talk explains that when humans are born- we’re born with all of those specialized parts of our eyes that we’ll ever have. But just as you are probably thinking right now, if we can learn to emulate these fish (whose retina are surprisingly very similar to our own), we could possibly unlock the key to “retinal regeneration!”

We’re excited about medical advancements that can lead to a cure to blindness. So, we wanted to share it with you all. Yeah, we know that if blindness was really “cured” it would mean we’d be out of a job. But that’s a world we would much rather live in.

If you have any thoughts about medical advancements in the blind community, or have any comments on medial science learning from Zebrafish, we want to know! Connect with us using our social media buttons and let’s get others in on the conversation too!

Be sure to check out the link to the TED talk below:

For more information, you can review this resource cited in reference to the video: Additional resource, on blind eye regeneration.

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