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August 29, 2017

All Avenues Need To Be Considered For Improving Vision

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Presbyopia and cataracts are the most prevalent vision-robbing conditions older people. A paper soon to be published in The Lancet (Volume 5, No. 9, e888–e897, September 2017) estimates that, in 2015, 36 million people in the world were blind and 217 million people were severely or moderately vision impaired. It also estimated that 1.1 billion
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August 25, 2017

Promising Update on APL-2 for Dry AMD

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Statistically Significant Slowing of Disease Progression Seen at 12 Months APL-2 is a synthetic peptide which shuts down the complement activation system responsible for local inflammation, tissue damage (as in dry AMD) and the resulting blood vessel growth (angiogenesis in wet AMD). Discovered by Professor John Lambris, University of Pennsylvania, APL-2 (formerly called POT-4) was
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July 24, 2017

Safely viewing a solar eclipse

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Important information from the National Eye Institute  A solar eclipse will be visible across North America for 2 to 3 hours on Monday, August 21, 2017. Watching the moon slowly block out the sun is a rare opportunity but should be attempted with caution. “Never look directly at the sun or an eclipse! The sun’s rays
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July 22, 2017

Can We Trust Clinical Trials?

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An analysis published July 19 in Regenerative Medicine reminds us to be cautious about believing everything we read regarding clinical trials. A good case in point is our earlier report about three women who were blinded by an unproven stem cell treatment at a Florida clinic in 2015. They had been misled primarily by thinking that simply
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July 15, 2017

New App for iOS Reads Text and Describes the World

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Microsoft has released a free app using amazing new technology to assist blind people. It’s called Seeing AI: Talking camera for the blind. The app harnesses the power of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to narrate the world around the user by describing nearby people, text and objects. Once it is downloaded, the user simply points the device’s camera at
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July 6, 2017

Forgetfulness Can Actually Be Good For Us

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by Dan Roberts Research published in the June 2017 issue of the journal Neuron (1) suggests that loss of details in our memories may be beneficial to those of us who are visually impaired. Vision is eyesight, memory and logic working together. (2) Visually impaired individuals learn from experience that when eyesight is less clear,
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June 29, 2017

Anti-VEGF Treatment Should Not Be Expected to Improve Vision

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

Clearing up a misunderstanding Anti-VEGF drugs for treating wet age-related macular degeneration are highly successful at inhibiting neovascularization, but they are limited to that alone. Clinical trials for Lucentis (ranibizumab) and Eylea (aflibercept) are showing better than 90% success at blocking the growth factors responsible for uncontrolled blood vessel growth into the retina, and off-label
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June 1, 2017

New One-time Gene Therapy For Wet AMD Could Replace Regular Injections

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A new drug called RGX-314 is being developed as a one-time sub-retinal injection for wet AMD. This would be a significant improvement over current anti-VEGF therapies requiring repetitive and frequent intraocular injections. REGENXBIO Inc. has announced that the first human patient has been dosed in a phase I clinical trial of RGX-314. The drug has
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May 23, 2017

Summary of Research and Developments–2017

Posted in: Daily Living, Latest News, Low Vision Rehabilitation, Research and Developments, Therapies, Treatments, and Procedures

Presentation to the International Low Vision Support Group June 1, 2017 Dan Roberts INTRODUCTION This is my 12th annual summary of leading research and developments occuring during the past 12 months in the fields of blindness and low vision. Sources for further information will appear beneath each topic heading, but for the sake of brevity,
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April 24, 2017

Annual Eye Exams For Retinopathy May Be Unnecessary For Some Type 1 Diabetics

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Currently, patients who have had type 1 diabetes for 5 years are encouraged to have annual dilated retinal exams to look for possible progression to diabetic retinopathy (DR) or diabetic macular edema (DME). Both of these conditions can lead to severe vision loss and should be treated immediately. Now, a 30-year study* published in April
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