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February 9, 2015

February is Macular Degeneration/Low Vision Awareness Month

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Prevent Blindness, the nation’s oldest volunteer eye health and safety organization, has declared February as Age-related Macular Degeneration/Low Vision Awareness Month. The primary goal is to educate not only about AMD and low vision, but also to make the public aware of the free services the group provides. The group hosts a dedicated website, “The AMD
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February 7, 2015

FDA approves Lucentis to treat diabetic retinopathy in patients with diabetic macular edema

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

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that they have expanded the approved use for Lucentis 0.3 mg (Genentech) to treat diabetic retinopathy in patients with diabetic macular edema. The FDA previously had approved Lucentis to treat DME and macular edema secondary to retinal vein occlusions, both of which cause fluid to leak into
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January 27, 2015

Living Well with Low Vision Partners with Enablemart

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Visitors to Living Well with Low Vision will now be able to purchase low vision aids and products through Enablemart.com, a premier provider of products for people with low vision. Enablemart will donate 5% of every purchase made through lowvision.preventblindness.org to Prevent Blindness, the nation’s oldest voluntary eye health organization. (click the banner to visit
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January 21, 2015

Does Calcium Cause AMD?

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

New research may be misconstrued by Dan Roberts A recent press release from the University of Maryland School of Medicine has found that tiny spherules of calcium phosphate known as hydroxyapatite, or HAP) may be an important “triggering factor” for age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The report appeared in the latest issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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January 15, 2015

Simulated Blindness May Not Help Others Understand

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Simulating blindness can have negative effects on people’s perceptions of the visually impaired. According to a study done at the University of Colorado, techniques such as dining in the dark and wearing a blindfold around the house may not be as helpful to others, as believed. For an insightful discussion of this issue, read Simulated
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December 11, 2014

Print Your Own Glasses

Posted in: Daily Living, Latest News

by Dan Roberts Need a new pair of prescription glasses? Print them yourself at home. Just enter the results from your smart phone’s vision exam app into your home 3D printer, choose a frame style, and press a button. Within a few minutes, your new custom made glasses are ready to wear. This scenario sounds
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November 21, 2014

Eye Exams: More Important Than You Might Think

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by Dan Roberts Why do so many of us neglect to protect our vision, when all it takes is an eye exam? We’re vigilant about safeguarding our material things, our reputations, cars, credit cards. So why would we trust our precious peepers to the whims of fate? Maybe some of us ignore our eyes simply
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November 19, 2014

FHL-1 Protein Deficiency May Cause AMD

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

A protein released by the complement factor H (CFH) gene has been thought to be responsible for protecting the retina from inflammation leading to age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Scientists from the University of Manchester have, however, now discovered that the protein factor H is not the main regulator of immunity. Instead, it is a different
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November 18, 2014

A More Refined Artificial Retina Shows Early Promise

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

A number of devices, such as the Argus II, have been developed over recent years to replace the human retina. Many, however, use metallic parts, cumbersome wiring or have low resolution. An interdisciplinary team from Tel Aviv University, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Centers for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and Newcastle University, are developing what they
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November 14, 2014

MicroPump™: The Newest Drug Delivery System For Chronic Eye Disease

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

Anti-VEGF treatments have been saving the sight of thousands of people since 2006. In return, however, patients have been making clinical visits as often as monthly for injections. Not only is that a burden on their, and their doctors’, time, but it is very expensive and carries risks. To address the problem, new drug-delivery systems
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