Research and Developments

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January 6, 2014

More Reason to Quit Cigarettes

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

A new study has found further evidence of the risk of cataracts caused by cigarette smoking. A report published January 2, 2014 in JAMA revealed that smoking more than 15 cigarettes per day was associated with a 42% higher likelihood of cataract development compared to those have never smoked. In people who quit smoking for
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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
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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.”
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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
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November 13, 2013

ALG-1001 to Treat Vitreomacular Traction and DME

Posted in: Research and Developments

(Updated 8/10/17) In November 2013, Allegro Ophthalmics, LLC announced the commencement of a Phase II study of ALG-1001 in patients with vitreomacular traction (VMT). The study evaluated the safety and efficacy of intravitreal injections of ALG-1001 in patients with VMT. Patients were enrolled at multiple sites outside the United States, with the primary efficacy endpoint of non-surgical release of
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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
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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
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October 18, 2013

Predictors of Advanced AMD Defined

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

According to members of the Three Continent AMD Consortium (3CC), prediction models for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) based on case-control studies have a tendency to overestimate risks. To provide more well-defined data, 3CC developed a prediction model for late AMD based on data from population-based studies. Using data from the Rotterdam Study, the Beaver Dam
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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 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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