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May 27, 2015

New Free Apps Are Making Life Easier

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MD Support recently launched LowViz Guide, a free indoor way-finding app for attendees at low vision conferences. And now, Novartis Pharmaceuticals has announced development of two apps that will make perfect partners. In collaboration with AMD Alliance International, the company has developed two free applications called ViaOpta Navigator and ViaOpta Daily. ViaOpta Navigator is a
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May 20, 2015

Summary of Research and Development – 2015

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts (Also available in audiovisual format) INTRODUCTION This is my 10th annual summary of leading research and developments that have occurred during the past 12 months in the field of blindness and low vision. For more details about any of the reports, sources are provided. Many studies and clinical trials are moving ever
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May 14, 2015

MD Support’s LowViz Guide Offers Gift of Sight

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

For four days, Bill DeMaio could see through walls. And that’s really saying something, considering that he has no eyesight. Until May 10, 2015, Bill could find his way around an unfamiliar building only by either asking people for directions or hoping to find Braille signs. But then, on the first day of the 2015
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May 7, 2015

L-DOPA May Slow Development of AMD

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

The color (pigmentation) of the retina, or lack thereof, is thought to play a role in the development of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The substance that provides pigmentation is melanin, and a precursor to the pigment melanin is called L-DOPA. Since L-DOPA converts into dopamine in the brain, it has been used as a treatment
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May 5, 2015

Learn About Comprehensive Dilated Eye Exams

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People of all ages should have their eyesight tested to keep their vision at its best. Children usually have vision screening in school or at their pediatrician’s office. Adults, however, may require more than vision screening. Even if your vision seems fine, the only way to know for sure that your eyes are healthy is
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May 1, 2015

Stem Cell Therapy Shows Positive Results In Asian Patients

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

Ocata Therapeutics, Inc. (now owned by Acucela) has announced positive results in four Asian patients who were treated with the company’s proprietary RPE stem cells. These new data support previously reported positive long-term safety and signs of visual improvement, as reported here in October 2014. The Korean study, published online in Stem Cell Reports, features
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April 13, 2015

That All May Read

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The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) provides books and magazines in Braille and talking-book formats to half a million US citizens who can’t read standard print because of visual or physical disabilities. A patron may choose to receive books free through the mail or download them from NLS’s Braille and
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April 3, 2015

Phase 2 Stem Cell Trial To Be Initiated

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

Ocata Therapeutics, Inc. (now owned by Acucela) announced on March 31, 2015 that the company has completed dosing of its Phase 1/2 studies for dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and Stargardt’s Macular Degeneration (SMD). A total of 38 patients have been safely dosed. The 200,000 cell cohort, the highest level planned, was successfully completed, paving
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March 31, 2015

All About Eyeglasses

Posted in: Daily Living, Eye Conditions, Latest News

For something so important, most people know very little about their eyeglasses. What do those abbreviations and numbers on the prescription mean? Why do my friend and I have the same prescription numbers, when my vision is so much worse? What does 20/20 mean? If my best vision without glasses is 20/200, am I legally
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March 30, 2015

Encapsulated Cell Technology Could Replace Injections in Wet AMD Patients

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Neurotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced on March 30, 2015 that the FDA has approved a Phase 2 clinical study of NT-503 Encapsulated Cell Therapy (ECT) for the treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD). ECT is an intravitreal implant that is genetically engineered to produce the biologic anti-VEGF drug NT-503 for at least 2 years. ECT, therefore, acts like
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March 26, 2015

Topics in Gerontology Focuses on Vision and Aging

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The Ohio State University Office of Geriatrics and Gerontology in collaboration with Prevent Blindness and its Ohio Affiliate, are pleased to announce the release of two new modules in the Topics in Gerontology distance education program: “Eyes Wide Open: Preventing Vision Loss” and “A Sight for Sore Eyes: Age-Related Eye Disease.” Topics in Gerontology is
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March 7, 2015

An Opportunity To Be Heard

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The 2015 White House Conference on Aging will be held in Washington, DC later this year. In preparation for the conference, the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is inviting people with vision loss and their caregivers to share concerns about issues that need to be addressed through state and national policy. To gather input,
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February 15, 2015

What They Really Mean . . .

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Sometimes, it’s wise to read news items in reverse. by Dan Roberts The latest magnifying technology, a switchable telescopic contact lens, has been receiving wide media attention this past week. If you read the news from the top down, and you anxiously call your eye care specialist before reading all the way to the bottom,
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February 10, 2015

Notal Vision Device Shows 94% Success at Early Detection of Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

A National Eye Institute study has reported an impressive success rate at early detection of wet (neovascular) age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The study compared two groups of dry AMD patients and compared the proportion within each group for patients presenting with 20/40 acuity or better when their wet AMD was detected. An experimental group used
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February 9, 2015

Legislation Re-introduced to Cover Medicare Payment for Low Vision Devices

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Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) and Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.) have re-introduced H.R. 3749, the Medicare Demonstration of Coverage for Low Vision Devices Act. This bill, now called H.R. 729, is intended to provide data that would assist the new Congress in making changes to the current Medicare program, which does not pay for magnifiers needed by low
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