Gene therapy could improve 'kids' visual impairments'
Date: 26/10/2009 / Category: Indoor play for disability schools and groups
Gene therapy has the potential to improve vision in young children, according to new research.
The study published in The Lancet found that early intervention produced the best results for inherited retinal diseases.
Richard Tolson, service development manager for Health and Social Care at Action for Blind People, said that losing sight "can be a terrifying experience" and any developments that enable children to regain some improved vision can only be welcomed.
Research by Action for Blind People found that one in four adults did not know an eye test could prevent them or their children from losing their sight.
Action for Blind People has clubs for blind or partially-sighted children aged between eight and 16 that are keen to play sport, get fit, make friends and have fun.
The Actionnaires clubs offer multi-sports sessions run by professional coaches for blind and partially sighted children and young people of all abilities.
According to the website blindchildren.org, blind children should be encouraged to be active and parents can do this by providing a variety of locations and play activities - indoor soft play is perfect for this as it provides a safe fun environment for all kids.