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October 3, 2013

New Drug Effective in Treating Vitreous Traction

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

Early treatment with a new drug called JETREA® (formerly called ocriplasmin) has shown effectiveness in lessening the risk of macular pucker, macular hole, and vitreomacular traction (VMT). These conditions are caused by the tugging on the macula by the vitreous gel, which is attached to the retina at several points. As the vitreous shrinks with
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October 2, 2013

PBA names October Home Eye Safety Awareness Month

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by Rose Schneider October has been named Home Eye Safety Awareness Month by Prevent Blindness America (PBA). According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, each year in the United States, more than 2.5 million eye injuries occur and 50,000 people permanently lose part or all of their vision. Additionally, a recent report by PBA shows
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October 1, 2013

Shut Down Closes Talking Books Service

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Announcement from the National Library Service As a result of the US federal government shutdown, most Library of Congress personnel, including all NLS staff, will be furloughed, and the Talking Books Service for the blind and visually impaired will be shut down for the duration. Service will be restored as quickly as possible once NLS
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September 27, 2013

Saving the sight of premature babies

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

Researchers at Australia’s Vision Centre have announced that treatment with near-infrared (NIR) light can prevent the development of retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). Using animal models that mimic the disease, Vision Centre researchers report that shining gentle near-infrared light (NIR) at 670 nanometres (nm) is a potential treatment that is less invasive, inexpensive and less risky
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September 26, 2013

Legislation Agreed Upon to Address High-Risk Drug Compounding Practices

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WASHINGTON, DC – Leaders from the Senate and House committees overseeing health policy today announced that they have reached an agreement on legislation to help ensure the safety of compounded drugs and our nation’s pharmaceutical supply chain. This legislation, the Drug Quality and Security Act, reflects a bipartisan, bicameral effort to improve drug safety and
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September 24, 2013

Non-Mydriatic Retinal Cameras Offer Safer Examination

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

by Liz Trauernicht, Director MD Foundation A significant amount of evidence finds that very bright light, especially blue light, can damage the macula. Traditional slit lamp devices used during eye exams produce high light levels, which may be problematic for people with macular degeneration. Before these devices can be used effectively, the pupil of the
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September 24, 2013

What AREDS Means to You

Posted in: Health and Nutrition, Latest News

Information from the National Eye Institute Researchers with the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) reported in 2001 that a nutritional supplement called the AREDS formulation can reduce the risk of developing advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The original AREDS formulation contains vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, zinc and copper. In 2006, the same research group,
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September 22, 2013

Talking Books Service Has Gone Mobile

Posted in: Daily Living, Latest News

Talking Books is a service of the National Library Service (NLS), Library of Congress. People who are certified as legally blind, or otherwise unable to comfortably read print, may access over 50,000 titles in audio format at no cost. Until now, participants have been sent audio materials on tape, playable on special machines provided by
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September 20, 2013

Statin Use Associated With Cataracts

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

Statin drugs are known to reduce cholesterol, which benefits the retina. The medications may, however, also increase the risk of cataracts, according to a report published September 19, 2013 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. An analysis of 6,972 subjects showed that those taking the medication had a 9% higher risk of cataract
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September 18, 2013

Strong Support for Effective FDA Regulation of Compounding Pharmacies

Posted in: Health and Nutrition, Latest News

Voters Expect to Be Informed If They Are Prescribed A Drug Not Approved By the FDA  WASHINGTON – As Congress considers legislation to address the oversight of compounding pharmacies, a new, independent survey released today highlights the large gap between voters’ expectations that the medications they receive are FDA-approved and loopholes in federal law that
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