October 26, 2013

How Does Space Travel Affect The Eye?

A new study is looking at the effects of space travel on the eyes. Mice sent into orbit aboard the Discovery mission in 2010 showed immediate evidence of oxidative stress to their retinas upon return to Earth. But they returned to normal after 7 days on Earth. These observations suggest that oxidative stress in the retina and lens from space travel is at least partially reversible. But they said it’s a short study, so they still aren’t sure what an extended mission to Mars or an asteroid could mean for the human eye. They say that the study does indicate that better technology be developed to protect astronauts eyes.

[ Read the Article: Eye Structure Begins To Change After Thirteen Days In Space ]

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