Turmeric eye drops could treat early stage glaucoma
Curcumin, extracted from the yellow spice turmeric, could be used in eye drops to treat the early stages of glaucoma, a new study has found.
The study, published in Scientific Reports, details a new method to deliver curcumin directly to the back of the eye using eye drops, overcoming the challenge of curcumin’s poor solubility.
The research team found the eye drops can reduce the loss of retinal cells in rats, which is known to be an early sign of glaucoma.
They are also investigating how the eye drops could be used as a diagnostic tool for a range of conditions.