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Saturday 3 December 2016

Epilepsy drug to treat MS blindness

HEALTH

A drug commonly taken to prevent epilepsy seizures could be used to protect people from an eye condition that is often associated with multiple sclerosis (MS), research has found.

Optic neuritis causes the nerves carrying information from the eye to the brain to become damaged and inflamed and can result in sudden total or partial blindness, foggy or blackened vision and pain. Around half of people with MS will experience it.

A clinical trial at University London tested 86 people showing early symptoms of acute optic neuritis. They found the group that took the epilepsy drug for three months had 30pc less damage.

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