Therapies, Treatments, and Procedures

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August 29, 2013

“As-Needed” Injections Are an Option for Wet AMD

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

Two-year results from the recently-completed HARBOR trial showed that some patients with wet AMD fare as well from Lucentis (ranibizumab) injections on an as-needed basis compared to a monthly basis. The original Lucentis trial recommended monthly dosing until the eye stabilized. The follow-up study, however, found that 93% of patients responded well with an average
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August 19, 2013

Medicare Approves Payment for Argus® II Retinal Prosthesis System

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

Payments Will Facilitate Beneficiary Access to Argus II in both Inpatient and Outpatient Settings  Sylmar, CA- August 15, 2013—Second Sight Medical Products, Inc. today announced that The Argus® II Retinal Prosthesis System (Argus II) has been approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) beginning October 1, 2013.  These payments are designed to support
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July 20, 2013

Gene Therapy Without Retinal Risk

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

Researchers have developed a method of delivering genes to the inner layers of the retina without the risks associated with injection into the delicate tissues themselves. This less invasive technique has been carried out successfully in animal models by a research team led by Drs. John G. Flannery and David V. Schaffer at the University
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July 6, 2013

What Should I Ask My Doctor?

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

by Dan Roberts Updated July 2013 One of the most common problems encountered by people who are first diagnosed with macular degeneration is what to ask the doctor. The news usually takes us by surprise, and we may have never even heard of the disease before. To compound our confusion, many doctors do not have
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July 6, 2013

Preferential Hyperacuity Perimetry (PHP)

Posted in: Therapies, Treatments, and Procedures

A Method of Early Detection of AMD Progression by Dan Roberts Carl Zeiss Meditec, Inc. has developed a device that is proving to be an effective tool for early detection of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Called the PreView PHP™ (Preferential Hyperacuity Perimetry), it identifies deviations in the retina using a vision test based upon the
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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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