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August 11, 2018

Danger of Blue Light From Screens May Be Overstated

Posted in: Daily Living, Latest News

by Dan Roberts In view of a recent surge in media reporting about blue light damage from digital devices, it is important to remember that there is no scientific evidence that blue light from such devices causes eye damage. The sun, and full spectrum lamps which imitate the sun, are the two strongest and most common
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July 29, 2018

Let’s All Go to the Movies!

Posted in: Daily Living, Latest News

As of June 2, 2018, the law requires that audio description for the blind and visually impaired be made available by all digital first-run movie theaters. Almost all applicable theaters have complied, and others are in the process of converting to digital and upgrading to include description equipment. The Federal Government defines audio description as
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July 26, 2018

New Port Delivery System Unveiled for Wet AMD Treatment

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

Genentech has announced positive, top line results from a Phase 2 study of its Port Delivery System (PDS) with Lucentis in people with wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The small, refillable eye implant, which is slightly longer than a grain of rice, is designed to allow people with wet AMD to go several months without
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July 20, 2018

Abicipar for Wet AMD May Extend Time Between Treatments

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

Allergan and Molecular Partners have announced the release of two positive clinical trials of a new treatment for wet age-related macular degeneration (wAMD). The trials, named SEQUOIA and CEDAR, demonstrated that the biological drug Abicipar is equal to Genentech’s Lucentis (ranibizumab), with the added benefit that Abicipar treatments are effective at up to 12-week dosages.
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July 19, 2018

Emixustat Found Ineffective

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

The drug Emixustat has been in Phase 1/2 trials since 2008 for treatment of dry macular degeneration. Disappointingly, the drug has now been found to be ineffective at reducing the growth rates of geographic atrophy (GA) in patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Preclinical analysis of Emixustat indicated that it inhibited the activity of the
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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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July 2, 2018

Protect Your Eyes From Fireworks Injuries

Posted in: Latest News

Prevent Blindness wants all Americans to know that 14% of all injuries from fireworks are to the eyes, and that contusions, lacerations, and foreign bodies in the eyes occurred more frequently than burns to other parts of the body. Here are more important statistics from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission: Fireworks devices were involved
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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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