Research and Developments


June 5, 2014

Making artificial vision look more natural

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

Courtesy: National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health (NEI/NIH) NIH-funded study could help improve retinal prosthetic devices In laboratory tests, researchers have used electrical stimulation of retinal cells to produce the same patterns of activity that occur when the retina sees a moving object. Although more work remains, this is a step toward restoring natural,
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May 12, 2014

Summary of Research and Developments, 2013-2014

Posted in: Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts View an audio/visual version of this presentation. This has been a year of watching and waiting, as many studies and clinical trials are bearing down on promising treatments and cures for retinal diseases. My ninth annual report will offer brief descriptions of the work done in pharmaceutical treatments, anti-VEGF and combination therapies
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April 29, 2014

Experimental Therapies for CSR

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

by Dan Roberts April 2014 Updated August 18, 2018 Research has shown that corticosteroids produced by the body (endogenous) and administered externally (exogenous) can raise adrenaline levels, which can harm the central retina. Some people have high levels of endogenous steroids that can lead to a condition called central serous retinopathy (CSR), aka central serous
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April 16, 2014

Smart Contact Lenses For the Blind

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

Google has taken their new Google Glass technology a step further with an idea that could have significant benefits for the blind. The company has applied for a patent for a contact lens containing a built-in camera. With this, a blind person would be able, for example, to receive an audible signal warning of an
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March 29, 2014

Blindness and Visual Impairment Rates Have Fallen

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

234 out of 15,000 studies between 1980 and 2012 have shown that rates of blindness and visual impairment have decreased significantly in developed countries during the past two decades. Macular degeneration now appears to be the leading cause of chronic vision loss, surpassing cataracts and glaucoma. The most common cause of partial vision impairment continues
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January 29, 2014

Seniors With Wet AMD Now Less Likely to Need Long-Term Care

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

Researchers have looked at a sample population of senior adults newly diagnosed with wet age-related macular degeneration (exudative, or neovascular, AMD) and found that those who received either Lucentis or Avastin injections* were 19% less likely to be admitted to a long-term care facility during the follow-up period. The reason? The introduction of anti-VEGF therapy
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January 18, 2014

Findings Help Predict AMD Advancement

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

A 10-year follow-up study of participants in the original AREDS trial has been completed. The Age-Related Eye Disease Study Research Group revealed new statistics on the risk and rate of progression from early to advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Participants aged 55 to 80 years with no AMD or AMD of varying severity were followed
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January 16, 2014

Choroideremia Gene Therapy Showing Promise

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

Researchers at Oxford University have reported successful findings from their Phase 1/2 clinical testing of the CHM gene for treatment of choroideremia. Choroideremia is a rare disease affecting mostly males that leads to blindness. In the multicentre clinical trial, six male patients (aged 35—63 years) all showed improvement after replacement of the malfunctioning gene. The
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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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