Therapies, Treatments, and Procedures

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July 1, 2013

Understanding Drug Side Effects and Adverse Events

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

Presented to the International Low Vision Support Group by Dan Roberts July 2013 [Opening: montage of screen shots and audio of disclaimers from drug commercials] Pretty scary, isn’t it? Kind of like telling us we’re going to feel better or die trying. These commercials, which show peaceful scenes of happy people while a disembodied voice
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June 25, 2013

Betadine and Eye Pain

Posted in: Therapies, Treatments, and Procedures

Betadine (povidone-iodine 5%) has become the standard of care for cleansing the eye during anti-VEGF injection procedures. Though the incidence of sensitivity to povidone-iodine (PVPI) is infrequent, some patients are reporting severe and prolonged burning of the conjunctiva.1,2,3 Even though the complaints are relatively few, a solution needs to be found to this problem. Keeping
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April 6, 2013

Cholesterol and AMD

Posted in: Therapies, Treatments, and Procedures

by Dan Roberts Originally published and updated, April 6, 2013 This is a continuously updated review of research since 2002 on cholesterol and age-related macular degeneration. It presents studies of statin treatment and it introduces recent findings regarding reduction of cholesterol by restoring macrophages. Statins Statins are a type of cholesterol-reducing drug that lower the
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March 11, 2012

What Is Macular Degeneration?

Posted in: Daily Living, Eye Conditions, Health and Nutrition, Low Vision Rehabilitation, Research and Developments, Therapies, Treatments, and Procedures

by Dan Roberts (Updated April 29, 2015) (Reviewed by Martin A. Mainster, Ph.D., M.D., FRCOphth) Audio/visual presentations on all related subjects Recommended books: The First Year: Age-Related Macular Degeneration: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed by Daniel L. Roberts Macular Degeneration: The Complete Guide to Saving and Maximizing Your Sight by Lylas Mogk, M.D.
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February 2, 2012

New Treatment for Dry AMD Using HuCNS Stem Cells

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

by Dan Roberts February 2, 2012 StemCells, Inc. announced on February 2, 2012 that the FDA has authorized a Phase I/II clinical trial of a new method using stem cells from the brain to prevent degeneration of the macula in dry AMD patients. Purified human neural stem cells (HuCNS-SC) will be administered by a single
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January 28, 2010

Foresee Home Sets New Standard of Care for AMD Patients

Posted in: Therapies, Treatments, and Procedures

by Dan Roberts Updated 3/1/2016 A relatively new technology, called preferential hyperacuity perimetry (PHP) allows eye doctors to detect progression in AMD sooner than with the Amsler grid. The key to the best outcome for treatment of wet AMD is early diagnosis and treatment. The ForeseeHomeª AMD Monitor by Notal Vision is approved by the
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October 27, 2009

Brachytherapy May Reduce Burden of Treatment and Further Improve Visual Acuity

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

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) October 27, 2009 — NeoVista, Inc. made public at the American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting the company’s interim study results from the preliminary study MERITAGE-I. The study was designed to examine the company’s novel epimacular brachytherapy procedure when used in patients that require chronic anti-VEGF treatment for wet AMD. Brachytherapy involves
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January 29, 2009

Echothiophate (ECHO) Therapy Causes a Stir in the Low Vision Community

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

by Dan Roberts November 2003 (Updated January 29, 2009) A Connecticut ophthalmologist has been reporting success from a deceptively simple treatment on patients with Stargardt’s disease and other non-neovascular forms of retinal disease. Dr. Gerard Michael Nolan has performed the treatment, called ECHO therapy, for nearly three years on more than 200 patients at the
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February 21, 2007

Avastin for Wet AMD

Posted in: Therapies, Treatments, and Procedures

by Dan Roberts Updated February 2007 (Editor’s note: This article is retained for archival purposes. More recent developments will be found elsewhere in the Low Vision Resources Library.) Off-label use of intravitreal Avastin (bevacizumab) has become a widespread treatment for wet AMD. This is a concern for some doctors and for Genentech Pharmaceuticals (developers of
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November 22, 2006

Intraocular Injections and Eye Pain

Posted in: Therapies, Treatments, and Procedures

by Dan Roberts November 2006 Some people have been reporting considerable pain and/or conjunctival hemorrhaging (eye redness) following intraocular injections of anti-angiogenic drugs (Macugen, Lucentis and off-label Avastin) for wet AMD. Most patients, however, are reporting nothing more than some discomfort. The following information has been gathered from patients who have undergone the procedure. In
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