Scientists from a leading British university are collaborating with their Indian counterparts to launch pioneering a research aimed at helping thousands of people across the globe at the risk of losing their sight to a "silent epidemic" of eye infections.
The multi-disciplinary team of scientists and clinicians from the University of Sheffield are working with a team of doctors of the Hyderabad-based LV Prasad Eye Institute to develop a new treatment for eye infections that does not rely on conventional antibiotics – to which many microbes are becoming rapidly resistant, the university announced today.
"This 'silent epidemic' affects 840,000 people a year in India," said Professor Pete Monk from the university's Department of Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease.
Monk is leading the revolutionary research that has been awarded grants of almost 1.4 million pounds from the UK's Medical Research Council (MRC).
"Infections are often treated incorrectly, if at all. This increases sight loss, frequently in men and women in their working years," he said.
The team, which includes Dr Prashant Garg, Dr Sanhita Roy and Dr Varsha Rathi from the LV Prasad Institute, began work on serious eye infections that could lead to the loss of sight in the developing world.