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January 11, 2018

Free Information Available to the Public for Glaucoma Awareness Month

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Cases of Glaucoma, the “Sneak Thief of Sight,” Projected to Increase Significantly in Near Future As the population of the United States ages, the number of age-related eye disease cases is projected to grow.  Glaucoma, one of the most common eye diseases, currently affects nearly 3 million people ages 40 and older, according to the
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January 8, 2018

New Educational Toolkit Launched to Improve Understanding of Age-related Macular Degeneration

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A global coalition of patients and representative groups concerned with vision health, aging, and avoidable blindness has launched a central hub designed to bring the most up-to-date information on the various forms of Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) to patients, their representatives, health care providers, and policy makers. . The Toolkit, available at www.RETINA-AMD.org, was developed
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December 21, 2017

Apellis Entering Phase 3 Trials for Dry Macular Degeneration

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

Apellis Pharmaceuticals has announced that it has finalized the trial design for its planned Phase 3 program evaluating APL-2 for the treatment of patients with geographic atrophy (GA), aka dry macular degeneration. The Phase 3 program, planned to begin in the second half of 2018, will consist of two identical studies to assess the efficacy
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December 20, 2017

FDA Approves First Gene Therapy for Inherited Retinal Dystrophy

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments, Therapies, Treatments, and Procedures

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Luxturna (voretigene neparvovec-rzyl), a new gene therapy developed by Spark Therapeutics, to treat an inherited form of vision loss that can result in blindness.  The most prevalent inherited retinal dystrophies are retinitis pigmentosa (RP), Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA) and Stargardt disease (SD), all of which have
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December 14, 2017

Help Your Ophthalmologist Help You

Posted in: Latest News, Low Vision Rehabilitation

Please share this article with your ophthalmologist Vision rehabilitation is the standard of care for patients who are losing their vision, and ophthalmologists are key to improving access to care for these patients. Recognizing this, Lighthouse Guild is offering ophthalmologists free access to an eLearning program titled, “Introduction to Vision Rehabilitation.” Dr. Alan R. Morse,
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December 6, 2017

Iluvian Continues to Show Good Results in DME Trials

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We reported here in 2015 that Iluvian, a unique drug implant devised by Alimera Sciences, had entered trials for treatment of diabetic macular edema (DME). The drug is a corticosteroid that has demonstrated effectiveness in the treatment of DME without the need for monthly injections. Jay Prensky, MD (investigator for Alimera Sciences) reported to the
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December 5, 2017

Invitation to be a Hadley Advisor

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An invitation from Julie Tye at the Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired Having just celebrated my first anniversary as president of Hadley, I want to take this opportunity to share my enthusiasm for our future together and to ask for your help. Over the course of the past year, I have grown
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December 5, 2017

Headworn Video Devices Are Helping The Visually Impaired To See Better

Posted in: Daily Living, Latest News

by Dan Roberts (Updated 12/4/2017) Portable electronic magnifiers have come a long way in the past decade, improving clarity of vision for thousands. A natural development for those who prefer to have their hands free has been the creation of several types of headworn video devices, the leaders in the field being eSight, NuEyes, and
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November 27, 2017

LowViz Guide Builds Mental Mapping Skills

Posted in: Latest News, Low Vision Rehabilitation

by Dan Roberts Independently navigating the environment, both indoors and out, is now possible for blind and visually impaired individuals. Making that a reality are audible portable global positioning systems (GPS) and radio signaling beacons paired with smart phones. And just as exciting, this new miracle of accessibility has stirred renewed interest in something equally
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November 27, 2017

Regeneron Study of Nesvacumab Discontinued

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It was recently reported here that nesvacumab (REGN910) was being tested in combination with Eylea (Regeneron) as a potential treatment for wet AMD. Regeneron, however, reported on November 27 that the results “did not provide sufficient differentiation to warrant Phase 3 development.” The Phase 2 trials have, therefore, been discontinued, and research data will be
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