Research and Developments

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November 19, 2014

CFH and CFB Proteins May Lead to AMD

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by Dan Roberts Updated October 2011 Two genes have been shown to lead to age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in recent studies. In 2005, the first suspect protein was discovered by three separate research centers. Called Complement Factor H (CFH), it may be a cause of AMD in as many as 50% of cases. CFH helps
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November 18, 2014

A More Refined Artificial Retina Shows Early Promise

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A number of devices, such as the Argus II, have been developed over recent years to replace the human retina. Many, however, use metallic parts, cumbersome wiring or have low resolution. An interdisciplinary team from Tel Aviv University, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Centers for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and Newcastle University, are developing what they
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November 14, 2014

MicroPump™: The Newest Drug Delivery System For Chronic Eye Disease

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Anti-VEGF treatments have been saving the sight of thousands of people since 2006. In return, however, patients have been making clinical visits as often as monthly for injections. Not only is that a burden on their, and their doctors’, time, but it is very expensive and carries risks. To address the problem, new drug-delivery systems
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November 6, 2014

Study May Lead to More Accurate Long-Term Prediction of Wet AMD

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Stanford University School of Medicine scientists have found a new way to forecast which patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) are likely to progress to the advanced wet form of the disease. Until now, there has been no effective way to to do this. The new method predicts whether a patient’s vision would, if untreated, probably
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October 31, 2014

Stem Cells Might Now Replace Photoreceptors

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The media has been full of news about sight restoration from stem cells. In trials, stem cells are healing the retinal layer (retinal pigment epithelium) that supports the nerve cells (photoreceptors) responsible for seeing light. Scientists, however, have not yet been able to replace damaged photoreceptor cells in humans, but a recent study offers hope
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October 22, 2014

“Hubble Lens” May Be Next IOL For AMD

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by Dan Roberts London Eye Hospital Pharma announced today that it has initiated U.S. discussions to gain clinical data for its iolAMD lens system.  iolAMD is a novel intraocular lens (IOL) system designed to restore lost vision and provide an independent lifestyle for patients with dry AMD and related diseases. The technology behind the iolAMD lens
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October 16, 2014

Study Shows No Difference Between Tinted and Clear IOLS

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by Dan Roberts For several years, eye doctors have been debating the value of tinted intraocular lenses (IOLs) in eyes that have undergone cataract surgery. Those in favor of them argue that they reduce the retina’s exposure to potentially hazardous ultraviolet and blue light. The main argument against them is that they cause a decrease
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October 15, 2014

Stem Cell Trial Yields Surprising Results

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by Dan Roberts Advanced Cell Technology, Inc. (now owned by Astellas) has been conducting promising safety trials for stem cell treatment of macular degeneration, but a six-month follow up has yielded even better news than expected. ACT announced that Phase 1/2 clinical data treatment of Stargardt’s macular degeneration (SMD) and dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Surprising even
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September 23, 2014

Gene Profiling Technique Accelerates Stem Cell Therapies for Retinal Diseases

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(Source: National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health) Researchers at the National Institutes of Health have developed a technique that will streamline the production of stem-cell derived tissues. The technique will help the researchers in their efforts to use patients’ skin cells to create new retinal tissue, a therapy that has been recently applied to
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June 24, 2014

New research on UV rays and cataract

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Courtesy: National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health (NEI/NIH) A new study offers an explanation for how years of chronic sunlight exposure can increase the risk of cataract, a clouding of the eye lens that typically occurs with aging. The study firms up a link between the sun’s damaging rays and a process called oxidative
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