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April 28, 2008

Gene Therapy Breakthrough

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts April 28, 2008 According to two studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine*, doctors have, for the first time, used gene replacement therapy to restore vision in patients with Leber’s congenital amaurosis. Leber’s syndrome is a form of retinitis pigmentosa (RP) that affects children and often leads to blindness by
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March 19, 2008

Müller Cells May Restore Sight

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts March 19, 2008 Over the past several years, scientists have been taking an interest in certain cells within the patient’s own eyes as having the potential to transform into stem-like (progenitor) cells. Called Müller glial cells, they would then migrate to damaged areas of the retina and replace dead cells, restoring vision
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March 17, 2008

Robo-4 and Slit2 May Team Up Against Wet AMD

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts March 17, 2008 “Robo-4” sounds like a movie by Arnold Schwarzenegger, but in this case, it is a link to another potential treatment for wet AMD. Short for “Roundabout,” Robo-4 is a protein receptor found on the surface of blood vessel cells. When it binds with another protein called Slit2, the combination
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February 23, 2008

SAILOR Study Results Favorable

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts February 23, 2008 The final results from Cohort 1 of the Phase IIIb SAILOR study of Lucentis in patients with wet AMD were presented on February 23, 2008 at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute’s Angiogenesis meeting by Dr. David Boyer (Retina-Vitreous Associates Medical Group, Los Angeles). The final, one-year data support the
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February 1, 2008

Retina Developed From Human Stem Cells

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts (Updated February 1, 2008) Advanced Cell Technology (ACT) in Massachusetts announced on September 23, 2004 that they had engineered human embryonic stem cells which could be used to repair a damaged retina. The research team worked with stem cells taken from human embryos made by another team at Harvard University and coaxed
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August 20, 2007

Low Vision Rehabilitation Delivery Model Launched

Posted in: Latest News, Low Vision Rehabilitation

Kansas City, MO (August 10, 2007) — An historic event in low vision care was officially announced on August 10, 2007 at the third annual Envision 07 Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. As part of the keynote speech, R. Tracy Williams, O.D. described a model that has been developed over the past five months by
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May 20, 2007

Omega-3 Proving to be Beneficial on Several Fronts

Posted in: Health and Nutrition, Latest News

by Dan Roberts May 20, 2007 (Updated April 15, 2008) Recent studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acids and fish consumption may reduce the risks of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), Alzheimer’s disease, inflammation and depression. The Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) Research Group showed that dietary total docosahexaenic acid (DHA), an omega-3 fatty acid contained
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May 14, 2007

Good News For Chocolate Lovers, Cautionary Advice for Wine Drinkers

Posted in: Health and Nutrition, Latest News

by Dan Roberts December 2003 (Updated May 2007) A report published in the December 2003 issue of Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry announced that cocoa has more antioxidant power that wine or tea. We have been told that red wine and green tea are beneficial for our retinas, but it looks like we should
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March 18, 2007

Zinc May Harm the Retina: New Finding

Posted in: Health and Nutrition, Latest News

by Dan Roberts March 2007 BBC News announced on March 18, 2007 that researchers at London’s Institute of Ophthalmology think the mineral zinc may play a role in the development of AMD. The study, published in Experimental Eye Research, found that drusen containing high levels of zinc may contribute to progression of the disease. When
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October 15, 2006

Discovery of HTRA1 Gene Provides Potential Marker for AMD

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts October 2006 The protein Complement Factor H (CFH) has previously been found to play a role in the development of soft confluent drusen leading to AMD (see “CFH and CFB Proteins May Lead to AMD”). CFH has implicated inflammation as part of the AMD pathogenesis, and now, discovery of a new gene
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