A new Australian research paper by an international team of scientists has found that using a retinal-based tear treatment for retinitis pigmentosa, a condition that affects around 10% of people in Australia, is best for treating the condition.
The study, published in the journal PLoS ONE, looked at the effects of a retinoid-based retinal trauma treatment in the treatment of retinopathy in adults and children with retinoblastoma multiforme.
In this study, the researchers looked at a combination of a single retinal injection, a retina implant and a retinoic acid treatment, the retinal implant, and found that it was the combination of the two that produced the most beneficial results for treating retinoderma pigmentosa.
“The combined therapy had a significant benefit in reducing the incidence of mydriasis and inflammation associated with retinal disease in patients with the condition,” the researchers said in the study.
“For these patients, we have seen a significant improvement in visual function with no side effects.”
The researchers said their results are promising for the future of the treatment, as the combined therapy will likely prove to be a safe and effective treatment.
“We believe this combination treatment will prove to offer a safe, effective and long-term treatment option for retinoidosis in adults, and may have clinical potential for treating a range of other inflammatory and degenerative diseases,” the study said.
Dr. Peter J. Wiesman, an associate professor at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, said the study is an important step in the evolution of this treatment.
Dr Wiesmann said the treatment would need to be further investigated in more detail before being approved for clinical trials.
“I think we need to do a better job of designing a trial to assess the efficacy of this,” he said.
“There’s lots of uncertainty around this treatment because we don’t know what the long- term effects of it will be.”
But what I would like to see is a trial where we know exactly what the side effects are and then we can make an informed decision about whether this is safe and appropriate.