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September 5, 2013

Eylea Approved in Europe for CRVO

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Regeneron Pharmaceuticals’ Eylea (aflibercept) treatment for central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO) has been approved by the European Commission. Eylea was approved in the United States for the treatment of neovascular (wet) age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in 2011, and for macular edema following CRVO in 2012. The drug has also been approved in Europe, Japan, Australia,
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September 2, 2013

Statin Therapy Lowers Risk of Cataracts

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts Statin therapy has been shown to reduce inflammation in the retina, but there has been some concern about cataract development for those who use the drugs. In a press conference at the European Society of Cardiology meeting, Aug 30, 2013, John B. Kostis, MD (UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, N.J.)
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August 29, 2013

“As-Needed” Injections Are an Option for Wet AMD

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

Two-year results from the recently-completed HARBOR trial showed that some patients with wet AMD fare as well from Lucentis (ranibizumab) injections on an as-needed basis compared to a monthly basis. The original Lucentis trial recommended monthly dosing until the eye stabilized. The follow-up study, however, found that 93% of patients responded well with an average
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August 27, 2013

Lampalizumab Effective in Slowing Progression of Dry AMD

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Roche Pharmaceutical has announced positive phase II results from their MAHALO phase II study of lampalizumab (aka anti-factor D). The study showed a 20.4 percent reduction in progression of advanced dry macular degeneration (geographic atrophy) at 18 months. Lampalizumab is designed to inhibit Complement Factor D, a protein that is part of the alternative complement
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August 22, 2013

Support Groups Can Improve Quality of Life

Posted in: Daily Living, Latest News, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts Researchers have found that facilitated patient support groups can significantly improve visual quality of life (VQoL) for visually impaired people. Twenty-nine groups of up to six patients each were recruited for participation in a “peer group emotional support service” facilitated by trained counselors for a period of six months. Their responses to
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August 21, 2013

Improving Autophagy Function Reduces Drusen

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by Dan Roberts Researchers at the University of Eastern Finland have discovered that a cleaning mechanism in the center of the retina may be faulty in people who develop age-related macular degeneration (AMD). A cleaning process called autophagy helps clear cellular waste deposits (drusen) that can build up in the retinal tissue. If autophagy diminishes,
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August 19, 2013

Medicare Approves Payment for Argus® II Retinal Prosthesis System

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

Payments Will Facilitate Beneficiary Access to Argus II in both Inpatient and Outpatient Settings  Sylmar, CA- August 15, 2013—Second Sight Medical Products, Inc. today announced that The Argus® II Retinal Prosthesis System (Argus II) has been approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) beginning October 1, 2013.  These payments are designed to support
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August 15, 2013

Study of aquaporins could hold clues to cataract

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Researchers have achieved dynamic, atomic-scale views of a protein needed to maintain the transparency of the lens in the human eye. The work, funded in part by the National Institutes of Health, could lead to new insights and drugs for treating cataract and a variety of other health conditions. Aquaporin proteins form water channels between
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August 13, 2013

Recognizing Cataract

Posted in: Eye Conditions, Latest News

Watch for Vision Changes as You Age As life goes on, we all start to notice certain changes that are a natural part of aging. Maybe our joints aren’t as flexible as before, or our hearing just isn’t what it used to be. Our vision, too, may be less sharp than it once was. One
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July 23, 2013

Disparities in Eye Care Could Cost Some Their Sight

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Low-income, less educated don’t have same access to preventive treatments, researchers report By Robert Preidt THURSDAY, July 18 (HealthDay News) — Americans with low incomes and education levels are less likely to get eye care, a new study finds. Researchers examined data from nearly 3,600 people, aged 40 and older, who took part in the
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