Therapies, Treatments, and Procedures

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July 2, 2018

Suffering From Dry Eye?

Posted in: Eye Conditions, Latest News, Therapies, Treatments, and Procedures

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of visual impairment in people over age 60. Because it affects millions of senior adults, it deserves a great deal of attention. Another common condition also deserving of consideration is dry eye. Dry eye often accompanies AMD, but only because it most commonly affects the same
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May 19, 2018

Summary of Research and Development — 2018

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

Transcript of a presentation to the International Low Vision Support Group June 2018 Dan Roberts, Director Select this link for audio-visual format INTRODUCTION This is our 13th annual summary of leading research and developments occuring during the past 12 months in the fields of blindness and low vision. Sources for further information will appear beneath
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December 20, 2017

FDA Approves First Gene Therapy for Inherited Retinal Dystrophy

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

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Luxturna (voretigene neparvovec-rzyl), a new gene therapy developed by Spark Therapeutics, to treat an inherited form of vision loss that can result in blindness.  The most prevalent inherited retinal dystrophies are retinitis pigmentosa (RP), Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA) and Stargardt disease (SD), all of which have
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September 16, 2017

Can Retinal Degenerative Diseases Cause Headaches?

Posted in: Therapies, Treatments, and Procedures

by Dan Roberts Retinal diseases are not, in themselves, painful. Prolonged ultra-close viewing, however, is often practiced by people with visual impairment. That can cause headaches of the type reported by some members of our low vision community. Generally referred to as eye strain, such discomfort may be caused by stress on the large medial
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June 29, 2017

Anti-VEGF Treatment Should Not Be Expected to Improve Vision

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

Clearing up a misunderstanding Anti-VEGF drugs for treating wet age-related macular degeneration are highly successful at inhibiting neovascularization, but they are limited to that alone. Clinical trials for Lucentis (ranibizumab) and Eylea (aflibercept) are showing better than 90% success at blocking the growth factors responsible for uncontrolled blood vessel growth into the retina, and off-label
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May 23, 2017

Summary of Research and Developments–2017

Posted in: Daily Living, Latest News, Low Vision Rehabilitation, Research and Developments, Therapies, Treatments, and Procedures

Presentation to the International Low Vision Support Group June 1, 2017 Dan Roberts INTRODUCTION This is my 12th annual summary of leading research and developments occuring during the past 12 months in the fields of blindness and low vision. Sources for further information will appear beneath each topic heading, but for the sake of brevity,
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February 27, 2017

Bright Flash Retinal Photography–a Thing of the Past

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

by Dan Roberts (Macular Degeneration Support) and Liz Trauernicht (Macular Degeneration Foundation) OCT and nonmydriatic technologies are lessening discomfort and risk of eye exams. MD Support and MD Foundation communicate with thousands of patients who undergo periodic eye exams for diagnosis and treatment of macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and other chronic diseases. Many have
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January 6, 2017

Lucentis® Approved for Myopic Macular Degeneration

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

Genentech has announced FDA approval for Lucentis® as a treatment for patients with choroidal neovascularization (CNV) resulting from myopic macular degeneration (MMD), also known as myopic degeneration. Severe myopia (near-sightedness) can cause uncorrectable central vision impairment, and it may advance to total central vision loss from CNV, which is growth and leakage of blood vessels
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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 3, 2016

AMD Since Anti-VEGF

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

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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