New pathways to prevent blindness

Monash University - 18th February 2015

Scientists have made a major discovery detailing how areas of the brain responsible for vision could potentially adapt to injury or trauma and ultimately prevent blindness.

The Monash-led study, published in Current Biology, sheds new light on the relationship between vision loss and brain plasticity - the extraordinary ability of the brain to modify its structure and function as a result of change or damage.

Previous studies demonstrated that children who receive an injury to the primary pathway often retain normal visual capacity, whereas an adult with an identical lesion is left blind. Researchers say developing a greater understanding of the mechanisms for rerouting visual information and the potential of brain plasticity provides great possibilities for regenerative medicine, especially brain injuries caused by stroke and trauma.

Read the full story on the Monash website http://monash.edu/news/show/new-pathways-discovered-to-prevent-blindness-1