Cambridge, Mass—Scientists seeking ways
to treat degenerative eye diseases such as diabetic retinopathy and age-related
macular degeneration are taking a page from cancer researchers: they are targeting
the growth of abnormal blood vessels, a common feature of these two different
types of disorders. While angiogenesis research in ophthalmology is in its
infancy, studies in oncology and other areas have revealed a number of angiogenic
molecules that could have significance for treating these blinding eye disorders.
Hampton T. Scientists Take Aim at Angiogenesis to Treat Degenerative Eye Diseases. JAMA. 2004;291(11):1309-1310. doi:10.1001/jama.291.11.1309