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July 23, 2016

Lions Center for the Blind Needs Support

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The Lions Center for the Blind (LCB), a nonprofit organization with offices in Oakland and Fairfield, CA, has announced that it will cease operations effective August 31, 2016, unless significant additional funding is received prior to that date. The 74-year-old service organization will have to close its doors due to a lack of funding unless new sources
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July 19, 2016

Anti-depressant Drugs May Someday Help Prevent Macular Degeneration

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Tests in a mouse model of macular degeneration have shown that anti-depressant drugs already on the market prevent damage to the light cells in the retina. In a study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a University of Wisconsin—Madison research team pinpoints how immune abnormalities beneath the retina result in macular degeneration.
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June 9, 2016

For Some, Switching ANTI-VEGF Treatments Midstream Could Be Harmful

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

Switching from Lucentis to Eylea could result in worsening of the retinal condition of some people with wet (exudative) AMD. Since the advent of anti-VEGF drug treatments for wet AMD, research has verified that blood vessel growth and leakage (neovascularization) usually diminishes in patients who are switched from either Lucentis or Avastin to Eylea. A small
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May 27, 2016

Invitation to participate in paid phone survey

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Cello Health Insight, a Healthcare Market Research Agency, is looking for people with a diagnosis of dry age-related macular degeneration with visual symptoms to participate in a marketing research study. Researchers want to learn about patients’ experiences living with age-related macular degeneration. The study consists of a telephone interview and potentially an in-person interview. This study will
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May 20, 2016

Visual Impairment and Blindness in U.S. May Double by 2050

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The findings of a recent study suggest that there is a need for increased screening and interventions to identify and address treatable causes of vision loss. With the youngest of the baby boomers hitting 65 by 2029, the number of people with visual impairment or blindness in the United States is expected to double to
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May 5, 2016

OPT-302 Enters Phase 2A Trials for Wet AMD

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Opthea Limited, a developer of novel biologic therapies for the treatment of eye diseases, has randomized and dosed the first patient in the Phase 2A dose expansion clinical trial of OPT-302 for wet AMD. OPT-302 is a soluble form of vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 3 (VEGFR-3) or ‘Trap’ molecule, that blocks the activity of two
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May 3, 2016

AMD Since Anti-VEGF

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A National Eye Institute (NEI) study* confirms that anti-VEGF treatments have greatly improved the prognosis for patients with the wet form of age-related macular degeneration (wAMD) during the past decade. In the study of nearly 650 people, half still had vision 20/40 or better, typically good enough to drive or to read standard print, after five years of treatment with
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April 18, 2016

Eye Drops for Wet AMD Enter Phase 3 Trials

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Ohr Pharmaceutical has announced that the first patient has been enrolled in a Phase III clinical trial of the company’s lead drug candidate “Squalamine”, also known as OHR-102, for the treatment of neovascular age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD). “The Phase III clinical program will examine the potential of Squalamine, when administered as part of a combination therapy,
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April 14, 2016

Smoking and AMD—Are E-Cigarettes the Answer?

Posted in: Health and Nutrition, Latest News, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts You’ve heard it before: “Tobacco Smoking Is A Major Cause Of Age Related Macular Degeneration”. According to most research, individuals 65 years of age and over double their risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD) if they smoke. Why? Because tobacco smoking: Reduces levels of plasma antioxidant, a substance in the blood
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March 22, 2016

Patient Access Network Foundation and Prevent Blindness Announce New Alliance to Provide Support for People Living With Eye Health Concerns

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The Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation and Prevent Blindness today announced that they are launching a new alliance to offer holistic support for people living with retinal vein occlusion, macular disease and uveitis. The alliance will enable the organizations to leverage the PAN Foundation’s eye health financial assistance programs and patient resources of Prevent Blindness
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