Latest News


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
read more »

November 19, 2013

Get Old and AARP Host National Family Caregiver’s Month

Posted in: Latest News

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
read more »

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
read more »

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.”
read more »

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
read more »

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
read more »

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
read more »

October 31, 2013

Gene Therapy Effective in Dogs With Cone-Rod Dystrophy

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

As reported October 29, 2013 in the journal Molecular Therapy, a French research team led by Fabienne Rolling, Ph.D., of INSERM has used gene therapy to restore vision in dogs affected by cone-rod dystrophy. CRD is caused by mutations in the gene RPGRIP1. In this study, retinal cone cell (central vision) function was significantly rescued
read more »

October 25, 2013

B Vitamins: Brain and Eye Health

Posted in: Health and Nutrition, Latest News

by Ellen Troyer, MT MA, with Spencer Thornton, MD Evidence continues to mount that links B vitamins deficiency, specifically B6, B12 and folate, to increased risk of developing Macular Degeneration and Alzheimer’s, as well as faster progression of the two disease processes. PLoS One, the open-access journal for the communication of all peer-reviewed scientific and
read more »

October 18, 2013

A New Eye and Vision Resource Just for Women

Posted in: Latest News

Prevent Blindness America (PBA) has launched “See Jane See – Women’s Healthy Eyes Now”, a web-based educational campaign dedicated solely to women’s vision health. See Jane See and the dedicated website, SeeJaneSee.org, offers free information and downloadable tip sheets created specifically for women on a variety of issues across the age spectrum. Information will also
read more »

Custom Wordpress design and web development by Jeff Roberts Web Design

WP-Backgrounds by InoPlugs Web Design and Juwelier Schönmann