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July 19, 2015

Trash-Collecting Cells May Accelerate Retinitis Pigmentosa

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NIH research points to microglia as potential therapeutic target in retinitis pigmentosa Spider-like cells inside the brain, spinal cord and eye hunt for invaders, capturing and then devouring them. These cells, called microglia, often play a beneficial role by helping to clear trash and protect the central nervous system against infection. But a new study
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June 24, 2015

Orcam Now Available in the U.S.

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In November 2013, an article appeared here about OrCam, a camera-based system which allows the visually impaired to both read and identify objects with a point of a finger. The device is a small camera connected by a thin cable to a portable computer in the wearer’s pocket. The system clips on to the wearer’s
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June 19, 2015

Cheaper Substitute for Lucentis Developed in India

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Intas Pharmaceuticals, a company based in India, has launched RAZUMAB™, an anti-VEGF drug that is “biosimilar” to Lucentis. This means that RAZUMAB has a synthesized chemical structure that can substitute for, but not duplicate, Lucentis. To make biosimilarity possible, scientists must show that the new product is highly similar and have no significant differences from
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June 19, 2015

New Device Helps Blind People See With Their Tongues

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The Food and Drug Administration has announced marketing approval of a new device that can help orient people who are blind by helping them process visual images with their tongues. The BrainPort is a battery-powered device that includes a video camera mounted on a pair of glasses and a small, flat intra-oral device containing a
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June 3, 2015

ACB Radio Features News About LowViz Guide

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This coming Friday, June 5, ACB Radio will bring latest news from the world of technology. David Tanner and the production team will feature a vast variety of demonstrations and interviews, including a discussion with Dan Roberts, creator of the new indoor wayfinding app, LowViz Guide. The show begins at 9:00 PM (EDT). ACB Radio
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May 27, 2015

New Free Apps Are Making Life Easier

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MD Support recently launched LowViz Guide, a free indoor way-finding app for attendees at low vision conferences. And now, Novartis Pharmaceuticals has announced development of two apps that will make perfect partners. In collaboration with AMD Alliance International, the company has developed two free applications called ViaOpta Navigator and ViaOpta Daily. ViaOpta Navigator is a
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May 20, 2015

Summary of Research and Development – 2015

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by Dan Roberts (Also available in audiovisual format) INTRODUCTION This is my 10th annual summary of leading research and developments that have occurred during the past 12 months in the field of blindness and low vision. For more details about any of the reports, sources are provided. Many studies and clinical trials are moving ever
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May 14, 2015

MD Support’s LowViz Guide Offers Gift of Sight

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For four days, Bill DeMaio could see through walls. And that’s really saying something, considering that he has no eyesight. Until May 10, 2015, Bill could find his way around an unfamiliar building only by either asking people for directions or hoping to find Braille signs. But then, on the first day of the 2015
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May 7, 2015

L-DOPA May Slow Development of AMD

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The color (pigmentation) of the retina, or lack thereof, is thought to play a role in the development of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The substance that provides pigmentation is melanin, and a precursor to the pigment melanin is called L-DOPA. Since L-DOPA converts into dopamine in the brain, it has been used as a treatment
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May 5, 2015

Learn About Comprehensive Dilated Eye Exams

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People of all ages should have their eyesight tested to keep their vision at its best. Children usually have vision screening in school or at their pediatrician’s office. Adults, however, may require more than vision screening. Even if your vision seems fine, the only way to know for sure that your eyes are healthy is
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