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February 24, 2014

New Online Resource for Information on Vision Insurance

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Understanding and navigating health insurance coverage, including benefits for eye and vision care, can be a challenge. To help address this issue, Prevent Blindness has created a new online resource, Health Insurance and Your Eyes. There you can download free fact sheets and information about health insurance, Medicare benefits, the Affordable Care Act, and eye care.

February 12, 2014

Stem Cell Trial Enrolling Patients

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NEWARK, Calif., Feb. 12, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE). StemCells, Inc. is beginning enrollment in the second of two planned patient cohorts of its proprietary HuCNS stem cells for dry  AMD. The last patient in the first cohort was transplanted by Dr. Ted Leng, M.D. Director of Ophthalmic Diagnostics at the Byers Eye Institute at Stanford. “Our immediate goal for
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February 11, 2014

Free Monthly Phone Discussions Begin

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BrightFocus Foundation announces the first in a series of free monthly telephone discussions on low-vision diseases such as macular degeneration. Date: Wednesday, February 26 Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m. Eastern Topic: “I Have Macular Degeneration…Now What?” Speakers Michael B. Gorin, MD, PhD Professor of Ophthalmology at UCLA A Patient Advocate Register here

February 5, 2014

Vision Loss and Social Security Disability

Posted in: Daily Living, Latest News

Decreased vision leads to detrimental, life-altering complications, which often include loss of employment and increased difficulty carrying out everyday activities. If vision loss has negatively impacted your life, you may qualify for Social Security disability payments. There are two ways to file. If you have severe vision loss in both eyes and your vision in
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January 31, 2014

The Monster Behind The Door

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Audio/Visual Presentation Now Online Fear of the unknown, and of being alone, are the worst of all fears, and, therefore, the biggest challenges in coping with progressive vision loss. Conquering those fears can open doors of opportunities never thought possible. As this month’s International Low Vision Support Group presenter, Dan Roberts, introduces his childhood monster
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January 29, 2014

Seniors With Wet AMD Now Less Likely to Need Long-Term Care

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

Researchers have looked at a sample population of senior adults newly diagnosed with wet age-related macular degeneration (exudative, or neovascular, AMD) and found that those who received either Lucentis or Avastin injections* were 19% less likely to be admitted to a long-term care facility during the follow-up period. The reason? The introduction of anti-VEGF therapy
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January 29, 2014

U-M Kellogg Eye Center performs first two retinal prosthesis implants in U.S. since FDA approval

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

Kellogg retina surgeons implant Argus II Retinal Prosthesis, or ‘bionic eye,’ for two patients with end-stage retinitis pigmentosa ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Retina surgeons at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center have performed the first – and second – surgeries in the United States to implant an artificial retina, or “bionic eye,” since the U.S. Food and
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January 18, 2014

Findings Help Predict AMD Advancement

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A 10-year follow-up study of participants in the original AREDS trial has been completed. The Age-Related Eye Disease Study Research Group revealed new statistics on the risk and rate of progression from early to advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Participants aged 55 to 80 years with no AMD or AMD of varying severity were followed
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January 16, 2014

Choroideremia Gene Therapy Showing Promise

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Researchers at Oxford University have reported successful findings from their Phase 1/2 clinical testing of the CHM gene for treatment of choroideremia. Choroideremia is a rare disease affecting mostly males that leads to blindness. In the multicentre clinical trial, six male patients (aged 35—63 years) all showed improvement after replacement of the malfunctioning gene. The
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January 15, 2014

PBA Shortens Its Name, Expands Its Reach

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In a press release today, Prevent Blindness America, the nation’s oldest eye health and safety organization, announces that it has revised its name to “Prevent Blindness”. This action acknowledges that the organization recognizes a growing global reliance on the Internet for information about eye health. Future articles in this section will, therefore, pertain not only
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