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NHS to fund revolutionary treatment for blindness in children

A revolutionary new gene therapy which restores sight will be provided by the NHS. Babies born with inherited retinal dystrophies disorder have poor sight which swiftly deteriorates, with most losing their vision completely in childhood.

Until now no treatment has been available. The life-changing treatment for children and adults – voretigene neparvovec – is the first in a new generation of gene therapies that can be directly administered to patients, in this case through an injection.