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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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January 29, 2014

Seniors With Wet AMD Now Less Likely to Need Long-Term Care

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

Researchers have looked at a sample population of senior adults newly diagnosed with wet age-related macular degeneration (exudative, or neovascular, AMD) and found that those who received either Lucentis or Avastin injections* were 19% less likely to be admitted to a long-term care facility during the follow-up period. The reason? The introduction of anti-VEGF therapy
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January 29, 2014

U-M Kellogg Eye Center performs first two retinal prosthesis implants in U.S. since FDA approval

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

Kellogg retina surgeons implant Argus II Retinal Prosthesis, or ‘bionic eye,’ for two patients with end-stage retinitis pigmentosa ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Retina surgeons at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center have performed the first – and second – surgeries in the United States to implant an artificial retina, or “bionic eye,” since the U.S. Food and
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January 21, 2014

Glaucoma: The “Silent Thief of Sight”

Posted in: Eye Conditions

Courtesy: National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health (NEI/NIH) Glaucoma is sometimes called the “silent thief of sight” because it slowly damages the eyes and can cause irreparable harm before there is any vision loss. But this disease is stealthy in more ways than one. Glaucoma has been known at least since antiquity, and yet,
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January 18, 2014

20 Things Eye Doctors Probably Don’t Tell You (But Would Like You To Know)

Posted in: Daily Living

by Dan Roberts Director, MD Support Optometrists and ophthalmologists are human. And like the rest of us humans, they can get tired, impatient, frustrated, despondent, and hurt. Unfortunately, professional decorum requires that they maintain a good front by either bottling up their thoughts or venting them at home–neither of which are necessarily good options. For
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January 18, 2014

Findings Help Predict AMD Advancement

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

A 10-year follow-up study of participants in the original AREDS trial has been completed. The Age-Related Eye Disease Study Research Group revealed new statistics on the risk and rate of progression from early to advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Participants aged 55 to 80 years with no AMD or AMD of varying severity were followed
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January 16, 2014

Choroideremia Gene Therapy Showing Promise

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

Researchers at Oxford University have reported successful findings from their Phase 1/2 clinical testing of the CHM gene for treatment of choroideremia. Choroideremia is a rare disease affecting mostly males that leads to blindness. In the multicentre clinical trial, six male patients (aged 35—63 years) all showed improvement after replacement of the malfunctioning gene. The
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