Drugs prescribed to lower cholesterol may also be effective against age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss in Americans over the age of 50.
Patients who have atherosclerosis often are prescribed medications to lower cholesterol and keep arteries clear. The new study suggests that some of those same drugs could be evaluated in patients with macular degeneration.
“Based on our findings, we need to investigate whether vision loss caused by macular degeneration could be prevented with cholesterol-lowering eye drops or other medications that might prevent the buildup of lipids beneath the retina,” says Rajendra S. Apte, professor at Washington University in St. Louis.
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