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June 5, 2012

Implantable Miniature Telescope (IMT) For AMD and Stargardt’s Disease

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts (Updated: June 5, 2012) The IMT is a micro-sized precision telescope, about the size of a pea, that is implanted in one eye in an outpatient surgical procedure conducted under local anesthesia. The IMT provides magnification of 3.0X or 2.2X, depending on the IMT model used. A magnified image is projected over
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May 11, 2012

The Financial Burden of Eye Disease

Posted in: Daily Living, Latest News

Ellen Troyer, MT MA Biosyntrx CEO/Chief Research Officer May 11, 2012 The National Eye Institute (NEI) estimates that the current annual cost of vision impairment and degenerative eye disease to the United States private and public sector exceeds $68 billion. And this number does not fully quantify the impact of lost productivity, diminished quality of
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February 2, 2012

New Treatment for Dry AMD Using HuCNS Stem Cells

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

by Dan Roberts February 2, 2012 StemCells, Inc. announced on February 2, 2012 that the FDA has authorized a Phase I/II clinical trial of a new method using stem cells from the brain to prevent degeneration of the macula in dry AMD patients. Purified human neural stem cells (HuCNS-SC) will be administered by a single
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March 1, 2011

Maintaining Independence and Quality of Life

Posted in: Daily Living, Latest News, Low Vision Rehabilitation

by Dan Roberts March 2011 The “English Longitudinal Study of Ageing” has found that people with poor eyesight are three to five times more likely than those with good eyesight to suffer from low quality of life, poor psychological health, and depression.1 When those inequalities are accounted for, however, the impact of poor eyesight itself
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May 16, 2010

Genetic testing sheds light on degenerative eye disease

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

Press Release February 13, 2007 Updated 5/16/2010 ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Genetic testing for eye disease is providing vital information about complex retinal diseases, especially when used to confirm a clinician’s diagnosis. In a newly published review of such tests that were conducted over a five-year period at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center,
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February 8, 2010

Saffron Shown to Improve Vision

Posted in: Health and Nutrition, Latest News

by Dan Roberts February 8, 2010 Clinical trials in Italy and Australia have shown that the spice, saffron, can improve vision in people with AMD. The trial was conducted Policlinico Gemelli in Italy by Professor Benedetto Falsini. It was double blind and randomly controlled, involving 25 subjects over six months. Half the group was given
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February 3, 2010

Study Shows Lucentis and Avastin to be Equal

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts February 3, 2010 Investigators at Kaiser Permanente Southern California in Pasadena reported in the February 2010 issue of Ophthalmology that Avastin and Lucentis performed equally in recent testing. In an indirect comparison of the two drugs, study author Dr. Donald Fong and coauthors reviewed the records of 452 patients treated for wet
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January 30, 2010

PEG-POD – New Gene Delivery Tool

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts January 2010 Researchers have developed a new tool for gene therapy that significantly increases gene delivery to cells in the retina compared to other carriers and DNA alone. The study was published in the January 2010 issue of The Journal of Gene Medicine by Tufts University School of Medicine and the Sackler
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January 29, 2009

Echothiophate (ECHO) Therapy Causes a Stir in the Low Vision Community

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

by Dan Roberts November 2003 (Updated January 29, 2009) A Connecticut ophthalmologist has been reporting success from a deceptively simple treatment on patients with Stargardt’s disease and other non-neovascular forms of retinal disease. Dr. Gerard Michael Nolan has performed the treatment, called ECHO therapy, for nearly three years on more than 200 patients at the
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August 28, 2008

New Dry AMD Gene Found

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts As reported in the Aug. 28, 2008 online edition of the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers have found a genetic link associated with dry AMD. That’s the good news. The bad news is that siRNA drug therapy may increase the risk for dry AMD in patients who have that genetic variant.
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