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December 6, 2013

Low Vision Seniors Are Self-Limiting Their Driving

Posted in: Daily Living, Latest News

A new cross-sectional study has concluded that most patients with AMD-related central vision loss continue to drive, but that they demonstrate significant driving restrictions, especially with more severe visual acuity and contrast sensitivity loss. To determine if central visual loss is associated with driving cessation, driving restriction, or other-driver preference, researchers compared two groups of
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December 6, 2013

AREDS Formula Does Not Prevent AMD

Posted in: Daily Living, Latest News

A recently completed study has shown that long-term daily intake of vitamins C and E, beta-carotene, and multivitamin supplements have no significant effect on prevention of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). For nearly a decade, a total of 14,641 US male physicians age 50 and older took various combinations of the supplements in dosages comparable to
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December 6, 2013

Unequal Vision Can Cause Falling

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New research reported in Optometry & Vision Science has shed light on the possibility that falling may be partially blamed on a common condition in older adults called anisometropia. Anisometropia is a condition in which a person’s eyes have unequal refractive power, meaning different levels of myopia (nearsightedness) or hyperopia (farsightedness). After assessing refractive error
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November 26, 2013

You May See Better In The Clinic Than At Home

Posted in: Daily Living, Latest News

Research reported in the November online issue of JAMA Ophthalmology addresses the question of why patients often notice a big difference between their vision at home and their results on clinical testing. Results from the test charts was found to be up to three lines better in the clinic. 126 patients were recruited and studied
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November 19, 2013

Get Old and AARP Host National Family Caregiver’s Month

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November is National Family Caregiving Month, and caregiving is a priority topic for the Prevent Blindness community.  Nearly 1-in-3 Americans are caregivers who provide care estimated at $450 billion a year. Additionally, three-quarters of caregivers work in addition to caring for a loved one – which presents its own challenges.  We encourage you to take part in the following
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November 16, 2013

NIH Study Finds Patients at High-Risk for Developing Wet AMD Benefit from ForeseeHome Monitoring System

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

Results of the Home Monitoring of the Eye (HOME) study, show that participants at high risk for developing wet age-related macular degeneration (wAMD) using the ForeseeHome monitoring device strategy had significantly better preservation of their visual acuity than those used standard monitoring techniques. The HOME Study was a collaborative effort led by the National Eye Institute
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November 16, 2013

AMD and Alzheimer Disease Not Associated

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

It may first appear that age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and Alzheimer Disease (AD) are pathologically related. “The conditions may share environmental risk factors and histopathologic features”, say researchers from Oxford and Manchester Universities, but “considering AD and other dementia after AMD, their coexistence at the individual level is no different from that expected by chance.”
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November 15, 2013

New Retinal Prosthesis Under Development

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

A newly-developed retinal implant may soon be available for people with central vision loss from macular degeneration and similar diseases. The device is similar to the recently-approved Argus II prosthesis for people with more severe blindness. Like the Argus II, a tiny video camera mounted on special glasses captures the image, and a pocket controller
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November 8, 2013

FDA takes step to further reduce trans fats in processed foods

Posted in: Health and Nutrition, Latest News

Trans fat intake has been associated with coronary heart disease and macular degeneration* The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced its preliminary determination that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods, are not “generally recognized as safe” for use in food. The agency has opened a 60-day comment period
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November 8, 2013

Breakthrough Technology Helps People See With Their Ears

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

OrCam, an Israel-based company, has developed a camera-based system which allows the visually impaired to both read and identify objects with a point of a finger. The OrCam 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 glasses with
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