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May 12, 2014

Summary of Research and Developments, 2013-2014

Posted in: Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts View an audio/visual version of this presentation. This has been a year of watching and waiting, as many studies and clinical trials are bearing down on promising treatments and cures for retinal diseases. My ninth annual report will offer brief descriptions of the work done in pharmaceutical treatments, anti-VEGF and combination therapies
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April 29, 2014

Experimental Therapies for CSR

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

by Dan Roberts April 2014 Updated September 8, 2015 Research has shown that corticosteroids produced by the body (endogenous) and administered externally (exogenous) can raise adrenaline levels, which can harm the central retina. Some people have high levels of endogenous steroids that can lead to a condition called central serous retinopathy (CSR), aka central serous
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April 23, 2014

Real People Being Sought For Anti-Smoking Ads

Posted in: Latest News

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Office on Smoking and Health is recruiting candidates to be considered for an upcoming national education campaign. Similar to previous campaigns which are now running on TV, real people who have had life-changing, smoking-related health problems will be featured. Selected participants will receive $2,500 plus travel expenses.
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April 16, 2014

Smart Contact Lenses For the Blind

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

Google has taken their new Google Glass technology a step further with an idea that could have significant benefits for the blind. The company has applied for a patent for a contact lens containing a built-in camera. With this, a blind person would be able, for example, to receive an audible signal warning of an
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March 29, 2014

Blindness and Visual Impairment Rates Have Fallen

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

234 out of 15,000 studies between 1980 and 2012 have shown that rates of blindness and visual impairment have decreased significantly in developed countries during the past two decades. Macular degeneration now appears to be the leading cause of chronic vision loss, surpassing cataracts and glaucoma. The most common cause of partial vision impairment continues
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March 19, 2014

Talking Rx Labels Now Available

Posted in: Daily Living, Latest News

CVS pharmacy now provides ScripTalk talking prescription labels for prescriptions ordered for home delivery through its online pharmacy. The ScripTalk labels provide a safe and convenient way to access information on prescription labels for individuals who cannot read standard print. The ScripTalk labels are free to CVS.com pharmacy customers who are blind or visually impaired.
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March 6, 2014

Medicare Coverage of Low Vision Devices Pending Legislation

Posted in: Latest News

by Mark Richert, Esq. Director, Public Policy The American Foundation for the Blind For decades, the vision loss community has been advocating for Medicare’s coverage of assistive technologies, particularly low vision devices. Currently, Medicare will not pay for any device that happens to use a lens, regardless of whether such device incorporates any other features.
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March 3, 2014

Effects of AREDS Supplements Up In Smoke

Posted in: Health and Nutrition, Latest News

Canadian researchers recently conducted a telephone survey to evaluate patients’ understanding of the importance and adherence to various lifestyle and Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) supplement recommendations. Tobacco smoking was one of the lifestyle choices looked at. Of the 92 patients contacted, 98% knew about the AREDS formula, with 74% agreeing that high doses of
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March 1, 2014

What Is Low Vision?

Posted in: Eye Conditions, Low Vision Rehabilitation

By Dan Roberts An estimated fourteen million Americans have low vision, also called visual impairment. It is generally any interference with sight that hinders the performance of daily activities. More specifically, low vision describes varying degrees of sight loss caused by disease, trauma, or a congenital disorder. Low vision may appear as one or more of
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February 24, 2014

Low Vision: What to Do When “There’s Nothing More That Can be Done”

Posted in: Low Vision Rehabilitation

Reprinted with permission from Outlook, the electronic newsletter of the National Eye Health Education Program (Winter 2014) “I’m sorry, but there’s nothing more that can be done. There is no cure for your eye condition.” It’s likely you’ve been on the receiving end of this devastating news. When an eye care provider says, “There’s nothing more
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February 24, 2014

New Online Resource for Information on Vision Insurance

Posted in: Latest News

Understanding and navigating health insurance coverage, including benefits for eye and vision care, can be a challenge. To help address this issue, Prevent Blindness has created a new online resource, Health Insurance and Your Eyes. There you can download free fact sheets and information about health insurance, Medicare benefits, the Affordable Care Act, and eye care.

February 12, 2014

Stem Cell Trial Enrolling Patients

Posted in: Latest News

NEWARK, Calif., Feb. 12, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE). StemCells, Inc. is beginning enrollment in the second of two planned patient cohorts of its proprietary HuCNS stem cells for dry  AMD. The last patient in the first cohort was transplanted by Dr. Ted Leng, M.D. Director of Ophthalmic Diagnostics at the Byers Eye Institute at Stanford. “Our immediate goal for
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February 11, 2014

Free Monthly Phone Discussions Begin

Posted in: Latest News

BrightFocus Foundation announces the first in a series of free monthly telephone discussions on low-vision diseases such as macular degeneration. Date: Wednesday, February 26 Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m. Eastern Topic: “I Have Macular Degeneration…Now What?” Speakers Michael B. Gorin, MD, PhD Professor of Ophthalmology at UCLA A Patient Advocate Register here

February 5, 2014

Vision Loss and Social Security Disability

Posted in: Daily Living, Latest News

Decreased vision leads to detrimental, life-altering complications, which often include loss of employment and increased difficulty carrying out everyday activities. If vision loss has negatively impacted your life, you may qualify for Social Security disability payments. There are two ways to file. If you have severe vision loss in both eyes and your vision in
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January 31, 2014

The Monster Behind The Door

Posted in: Latest News

Audio/Visual Presentation Now Online Fear of the unknown, and of being alone, are the worst of all fears, and, therefore, the biggest challenges in coping with progressive vision loss. Conquering those fears can open doors of opportunities never thought possible. As this month’s International Low Vision Support Group presenter, Dan Roberts, introduces his childhood monster
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