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December 17, 2013

Legislation Works Toward Medicare Reimbursement for Low Vision Devices

Posted in: Latest News

New legislation may establish a nationwide demonstration project to evaluate the fiscal impact of Medicare coverage for low vision devices. H.R. 3749, introduced by Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), would initiate the five-year demo project. It is intended to provide data that would assist Congress in making changes to the current Medicare
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December 11, 2013

Time Between Lucentis and Eylea Treatments Found To Be Similar

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

The principal difference between the two leading FDA-approved anti-VEGF drugs, Eylea and Lucentis for treatment of retinal hemorrhage has been accepted as the difference in length of time between injections. A new study, however, found no significant difference in injection scheduling between the drugs. The overall mean days between injections differed by only 1.8 days
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December 6, 2013

Low Vision Seniors Are Self-Limiting Their Driving

Posted in: Daily Living, Latest News

A new cross-sectional study has concluded that most patients with AMD-related central vision loss continue to drive, but that they demonstrate significant driving restrictions, especially with more severe visual acuity and contrast sensitivity loss. To determine if central visual loss is associated with driving cessation, driving restriction, or other-driver preference, researchers compared two groups of
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December 6, 2013

AREDS Formula Does Not Prevent AMD

Posted in: Daily Living, Latest News

A recently completed study has shown that long-term daily intake of vitamins C and E, beta-carotene, and multivitamin supplements have no significant effect on prevention of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). For nearly a decade, a total of 14,641 US male physicians age 50 and older took various combinations of the supplements in dosages comparable to
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December 6, 2013

Unequal Vision Can Cause Falling

Posted in: Daily Living, Latest News

New research reported in Optometry & Vision Science has shed light on the possibility that falling may be partially blamed on a common condition in older adults called anisometropia. Anisometropia is a condition in which a person’s eyes have unequal refractive power, meaning different levels of myopia (nearsightedness) or hyperopia (farsightedness). After assessing refractive error
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November 26, 2013

You May See Better In The Clinic Than At Home

Posted in: Daily Living, Latest News

Research reported in the November online issue of JAMA Ophthalmology addresses the question of why patients often notice a big difference between their vision at home and their results on clinical testing. Results from the test charts was found to be up to three lines better in the clinic. 126 patients were recruited and studied
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November 19, 2013

Get Old and AARP Host National Family Caregiver’s Month

Posted in: Latest News

November is National Family Caregiving Month, and caregiving is a priority topic for the Prevent Blindness community.  Nearly 1-in-3 Americans are caregivers who provide care estimated at $450 billion a year. Additionally, three-quarters of caregivers work in addition to caring for a loved one – which presents its own challenges.  We encourage you to take part in the following
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November 16, 2013

NIH Study Finds Patients at High-Risk for Developing Wet AMD Benefit from ForeseeHome Monitoring System

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

Results of the Home Monitoring of the Eye (HOME) study, show that participants at high risk for developing wet age-related macular degeneration (wAMD) using the ForeseeHome monitoring device strategy had significantly better preservation of their visual acuity than those used standard monitoring techniques. The HOME Study was a collaborative effort led by the National Eye Institute
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November 16, 2013

AMD and Alzheimer Disease Not Associated

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

It may first appear that age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and Alzheimer Disease (AD) are pathologically related. “The conditions may share environmental risk factors and histopathologic features”, say researchers from Oxford and Manchester Universities, but “considering AD and other dementia after AMD, their coexistence at the individual level is no different from that expected by chance.”
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November 15, 2013

New Retinal Prosthesis Under Development

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

A newly-developed retinal implant may soon be available for people with central vision loss from macular degeneration and similar diseases. The device is similar to the recently-approved Argus II prosthesis for people with more severe blindness. Like the Argus II, a tiny video camera mounted on special glasses captures the image, and a pocket controller
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November 13, 2013

ALG-1001 to Treat Vitreomacular Traction and DME

Posted in: Research and Developments

(Updated 8/10/17) In November 2013, Allegro Ophthalmics, LLC announced the commencement of a Phase II study of ALG-1001 in patients with vitreomacular traction (VMT). The study evaluated the safety and efficacy of intravitreal injections of ALG-1001 in patients with VMT. Patients were enrolled at multiple sites outside the United States, with the primary efficacy endpoint of non-surgical release of
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November 8, 2013

7 Things You Should Know About Omega-3

Posted in: Health and Nutrition

by Ellen Troyer, MT MA, with Spencer Thornton, MD 1.  Results of studies on diets rich in seafood (fish and shellfish) and heart disease provide moderate evidence that people who eat seafood at least once a week are less likely to die of heart disease than those who rarely or never eat seafood. 2.  Published studies suggest that seafood
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November 8, 2013

FDA takes step to further reduce trans fats in processed foods

Posted in: Health and Nutrition, Latest News

Trans fat intake has been associated with coronary heart disease and macular degeneration* The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced its preliminary determination that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods, are not “generally recognized as safe” for use in food. The agency has opened a 60-day comment period
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November 8, 2013

Breakthrough Technology Helps People See With Their Ears

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

OrCam, an Israel-based company, has developed a camera-based system which allows the visually impaired to both read and identify objects with a point of a finger. The OrCam device is a small camera connected by a thin cable to a portable computer in the wearer’s pocket. The system clips on to the wearer’s glasses with
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October 31, 2013

Gene Therapy Effective in Dogs With Cone-Rod Dystrophy

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

As reported October 29, 2013 in the journal Molecular Therapy, a French research team led by Fabienne Rolling, Ph.D., of INSERM has used gene therapy to restore vision in dogs affected by cone-rod dystrophy. CRD is caused by mutations in the gene RPGRIP1. In this study, retinal cone cell (central vision) function was significantly rescued
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