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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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May 16, 2018

Every Patient Can Be an Advocate

Posted in: Daily Living, Latest News

by Dan Roberts What do these six famous people have in common?           They are all different in many ways, but they each possess at least one characteristic which sets them apart. They have a strong sense of empathy, making it impossible for them to remain silent in the face of
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April 25, 2018

Müller Cells Might Be Re-programmed to Become Sight Cells

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

Degeneration of photoreceptors (rod and cone cells) is a leading cause of vision loss. Since there are no effective treatments to restore vision once photoreceptors are lost, photoreceptor regeneration has the very real prospect of alleviating blindness in these eyes. To that end, a recent innovative study has demonstrated the possibility of reprogramming Müller glial
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April 25, 2018

Mediterranean Diet Lowers Risk of AMD

Posted in: Health and Nutrition, Latest News, Research and Developments

Studies in France and the Netherlands have shown that a Mediterranean diet is linked to a lower risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Researchers investigated the effects of such a diet on a large sample from subjects from two population-based prospective studies. The diet consists of more than median intakes of vegetables, fruits, legumes, cereals,
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April 23, 2018

New Web Tool Lets AMD Patients Map Their Visual Fields At Home

Posted in: Daily Living, Latest News, Vision Tests

One of the frustrations of visual impairment is the difficulty of explaining our vision to others. We often hear things like, “How did you see that? I thought you were blind!” Another issue we deal with is how to personally keep track of our vision changes throughout the progression of our disease. Our eye doctors have
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April 16, 2018

Will Driverless Vehicles Be Accessible To The Visually Impaired?

Posted in: Daily Living, Latest News, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts Autonomous (driverless) vehicles are on the way. The technology is already in place, having been successfully tested for several years under every city and highway traveling condition. Many automakers report that their new cars are now being equipped for driverless operation, so the change-over will be easy when the time comes. And
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March 24, 2018

Congressional Action Increases Funding for Major Vision Programs

Posted in: Latest News

The U.S. Congress has increased spending to a number of programs that impact vision and eye health in its Fiscal Year 2018 “omnibus” legislation. As a result of advocacy by Prevent Blindness and its affiliates, partners, and advocates across the country, the FY2018 Labor-HHS-Education legislation increases funding to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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March 22, 2018

NIH Launches International Study of AMD Progression

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

Natural history investigation will deploy latest advances to identify biomarkers, targets for early therapy A new clinical study led by the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health, will follow 500 people over five years to learn more about the natural history of early age-related macular degeneration (AMD). By using the
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March 20, 2018

New Stem Cell Therapy Treats Macular Degeneration

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

A new procedure reported in the current issue of Nature Biotechnology has been shown to be a safe and effective method for introducing stem cells into the retina. Implantation of a specially engineered patch of retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) cells derived from stem cells has restored some vision in two people with sight loss from
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March 5, 2018

Accessible Prescription Labels Offer Convenience and Safety

Posted in: Daily Living, Latest News

People who cannot read their prescription labels often make medication errors, sometimes leading to hospitalization or worse. To address this serious issue, several pharmacies now provide accessible prescription labels. Provided by En-Vision America, “Scriptability” labels provide a safe and convenient way to access prescription information for individuals who cannot read standard print. The labels are
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March 3, 2018

Aging Can Cause Eye Problems Other Than Low Vision Disease

Posted in: Daily Living, Latest News

by Ellen Troyer, MT MA CEO & Chief Research Officer, Biosyntrx Just as hair turns gray with age, bladders weaken and memories lapse, our eyes, too, undergo a metamorphosis. Although these changes are all part of normal aging, some set the stage for more serious eye problems. As eyes age, eyelid muscles weaken, and skin becomes
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February 16, 2018

Learning to Live with Low Vision: One Man’s Journey Through Rehabilitation

Posted in: Low Vision Rehabilitation

Transcript (Free distribution allowed with proper credit given) Learning to Live With Low Vision One Man’s Journey Through Rehabilitation Created and produced by Macular Degeneration Support (2003) Dan Roberts, Director This is a dramatization of the experiences of Jim, a fictional participant in a low vision rehabilitation program. The intent is to introduce the reader
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February 14, 2018

New Anti-Ang2 Drug for Wet AMD Showing Promise

Posted in: Latest News

It was reported here in November 2017 that two “anti-Ang2” drugs are being studied as potential combination therapies with established anti-VEGF treatments. RG7716 is being tested in combination with Lucentis (Genentech), and nesvacumab (REGN910) is being tested in combination with Eylea (Regeneron). Genentech has now reported that its Phase 2 BOULEVARD trials with RG7716 have
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February 8, 2018

A Sight-Saving Valentine for Your Loved Ones

Posted in: Latest News

February is Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month, and Valentine’s Day is right in the middle. If you would like to send a unique valentine that expresses your love while serving a valuable purpose, read on. Please take this opportunity to teach others about macular degeneration and the need for early diagnosis. This is especially important information for
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February 8, 2018

Posted in: Eye Conditions

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