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15 minute X-ray treatment could save the vision of thousands

A new X-ray treatment under trial in the U.K. could ultimately save the vision of thousands who suffer from the wet form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Treatments which are currently available to patients are extremely invasive, while the new technique only involves the patient sitting in front of a machine while low-energy X-rays are targeted to the back of the eye. This new procedure known as the iRay closes the blood vessels that cause loss of vision. The procedure can be done in the doctor?s office and only takes about 15 minutes. Researchers are excited about the results thus far and hope that this new technology will result in improved vision and fewer injections for those suffering from wet AMD. While the iRay is a product of a U.S. firm, the device has not yet been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, which is conducting a clinical trial.* Elise Ervin Staff Writer

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