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E. New Instrument May Lead to Better Treatment for Blinding Diseases

Narrator: This is Science Today. Clinical trials are underway for a breakthrough instrument that visualizes the eye's retina. Researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory helped develop an advanced ophthalmoscope that will allow eye doctors to non-invasively visualize a patient's retina at the cellular level, which may lead to better detection, diagnosis and treatment.

Olivier: So, what we have here is an instrument that we hope will allow early detection of eye disease when it's most treatable, as well as an instrument that will enable the medical community to establish the efficacy of the most advanced treatments for these blinding diseases.

Narrator: Scott Olivier, associate division leader of the Lab's Optical Science & Technology department, says these blinding diseases include age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma.

Olivier: These are the main diseases that create vision loss in this country and each one of these are diseases that damage cells in the retina and if we can detect them early, then that will allow us to hopefully treat them much better.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.