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    Posted on April 27th, 2011

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    The fragile optical nerve, which is attached to the back of the eye, is a critical component in facilitating human vision.  Typically, this nerve is loosely tethered to the eye, and can withstand some amount of movement in the head and eyes.  However, during an accident, or other kinds of trauma when there is a head injury, there can be enough damage to the optic nerve to cause inflammation.  Such inflammation can ultimately lead to blindness.  A group of researchers is now looking at ways to limit the extent of damage, and treat a traumatic eye injury.

    For too long, there have been very limited treatment options for persons with traumatic optic nerve injury.  Most treatment options for people with such injuries have involved the use of steroids.   Research into such treatment has been fairly limited, but now researchers at the Georgia Health Sciences University hope to change all that.   The treatment that the researchers are looking at involves encouraging the nerve’s natural ability to combat inflammation.

    During an optic nerve injury, the body automatically produces adenosine in response to the injury.  This adenosine can help reduce the amount of inflammation at the site.  However, when inflammation occurs, the body also conversely triggers the degradation of an enzyme that helps synthesize the adenosine.  The researchers are looking at introducing an agonist that can encourage the adenosine in its inflammation-combating activities, in order to contain eye damage.

    Los Angeles car accident lawyers know that loss of vision often has some of the most devastating impact on a person’s life.  A person with even moderate eye injuries may not be able to return to a full-time job, and may need extensive therapy and rehab as well as aids to help with daily routine activities.  Such persons may be looking at not just immediate medical expenses and financial difficulties because of lost wages, but also long-term financial difficulties because of lost future income, and additional medical costs.

    Research into Treatment of Traumatic Eye Injury

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    http://news.georgiahealth.edu/archives/3655

    The fragile optical nerve, which is attached to the back of the eye, is a critical component in facilitating human vision. Typically, this nerve is loosely tethered to the eye, and can withstand some amount of movement in the head and eyes. However, during an accident, or other kinds of trauma when there is a head injury, there can be enough damage to the optic nerve to cause inflammation. Such inflammation can ultimately lead to blindness. A group of researchers is now looking at ways to limit the extent of damage, and treat a traumatic eye injury.

    For too long, there have been very limited treatment options for persons with traumatic optic nerve injury. Most treatment options for people with such injuries have involved the use of steroids. Research into such treatment has been fairly limited, but now researchers at the Georgia Health Sciences University hope to change all that. The treatment that the researchers are looking at involves encouraging the nerve’s natural ability to combat inflammation.

    During an optic nerve injury, the body automatically produces adenosine in response to the injury. This adenosine can help reduce the amount of inflammation at the site. However, when inflammation occurs, the body also conversely triggers the degradation of an enzyme that helps synthesize the adenosine. The researchers are looking at introducing an agonist that can encourage the adenosine in its inflammation-combating activities, in order to contain eye damage.

    California car accident lawyers know that loss of vision often has some of the most devastating impact on a person’s life. A person with even moderate eye injuries may not be able to return to a full-time job, and may need extensive therapy and rehab as well as aids to help with daily routine activities. Such persons may be looking at not just immediate medical expenses and financial difficulties because of lost wages, but also long-term financial difficulties because of lost future income, and additional medical costs.

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