New gene therapy developed by UF may help people with genetic eye disorders

A new gene therapy developed by University of Florida Health researchers may help people affected by a group of genetic
eye disorders.

The therapy was found to stop vision loss and improved
eyesight in dogs, which is a key step toward testing the
treatment in people. While much additional research remains before the
treatment can be tested on people, researchers are optimistic because of dogs and humans
both have retinas rich in photo receptors.

The therapy uses a small, harmless virus to deliver genetic material that blocks and reverses the effects of a group of inherited diseases that kill
light-sensitive cells in the retina.