Cure in sight for blind Peruvians

A genetic disease transmitted from mother to son may soon see its end after generations of being in the dark.

    Doctors have discovered an extremely high rate of blindness in a remote Peruvian village where seven generations of people in Paran have a disease which causes eye damage from a young age.

    A doctor last year found that among the 400 villagers of Paran, 50 were affected with the disease - that is 12 per cent of its population.

    Tests in the US point to a possible cure, but for now many continue to live without their sight.

    Al Jazeera's Mariana Sanchez reports from Paran, Peru.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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