New ‘eye bonds’ would speed groundbreaking cures
By Karen Petrou
When I began to go blind, I went from happily reading a newspaper to seeing nothing more than fuzzy lines on a page within the space of a week. Before this happened, I had been diagnosed with a degenerative retinal disease, but my life had been so unimpaired that I rarely gave it much thought. Suddenly, that changed and I turned to an urgent search for a cure, or at least for some kind of treatment. This experience is hardly unique. Many of us have struggled with a physical or mental ailment, or have loved someone who suffered from or succumbed to one. We know the frustration of looking up possible treatments only to stumble across barriers.