Iowa State University Researchers Find Treatment for Dogs with Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration Syndrome (SARDS)

 |  May 30th 2007  |   0 Contributions

Here's some great news if your furfriend has this horrible disease. It's not a cure but it could be a real help.

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ISU Researchers Find New Treatment For Blindness In Dogs

AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State University researchers said Monday they may have discovered a new way to heal a cause of blindness in dogs.

The researchers treated two dogs for a disease called SARDS, or "sudden acquired retinal degeneration syndrome." It blinds dogs suddenly by cutting off electrical activity to their retinas.

Similarities to the disease and what happens in a human's eyes during immune-mediated retinopathy were compared. Using the same method that helps humans, the ISU researchers were able to regain five to ten percent of the electrical activity in the dogs' retinas.

That's enough to allow the dogs to navigate around their surroundings and keep them from bumping into chairs, tables and trees.

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