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August 19, 2013

Medicare Approves Payment for Argus® II Retinal Prosthesis System

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

Payments Will Facilitate Beneficiary Access to Argus II in both Inpatient and Outpatient Settings  Sylmar, CA- August 15, 2013—Second Sight Medical Products, Inc. today announced that The Argus® II Retinal Prosthesis System (Argus II) has been approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) beginning October 1, 2013.  These payments are designed to support
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August 15, 2013

Study of aquaporins could hold clues to cataract

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

Researchers have achieved dynamic, atomic-scale views of a protein needed to maintain the transparency of the lens in the human eye. The work, funded in part by the National Institutes of Health, could lead to new insights and drugs for treating cataract and a variety of other health conditions. Aquaporin proteins form water channels between
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August 13, 2013

Recognizing Cataract

Posted in: Eye Conditions, Latest News

Watch for Vision Changes as You Age As life goes on, we all start to notice certain changes that are a natural part of aging. Maybe our joints aren’t as flexible as before, or our hearing just isn’t what it used to be. Our vision, too, may be less sharp than it once was. One
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August 1, 2013

Audio/Visual Library

Posted in: Audio Visual Library

This is where you will find free audio/visual presentations by leading professionals on topics related to eye conditions and low vision. Produced for sessions of the International Low Vision Support Group, these programs are useful for individual showing and for group presentations. Instructions for viewing & hearing Full-length Presentation Categories: Diet and Nutrition Low Vision
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July 23, 2013

Disparities in Eye Care Could Cost Some Their Sight

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

Low-income, less educated don’t have same access to preventive treatments, researchers report By Robert Preidt THURSDAY, July 18 (HealthDay News) — Americans with low incomes and education levels are less likely to get eye care, a new study finds. Researchers examined data from nearly 3,600 people, aged 40 and older, who took part in the
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July 20, 2013

Gene Therapy Without Retinal Risk

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

Researchers have developed a method of delivering genes to the inner layers of the retina without the risks associated with injection into the delicate tissues themselves. This less invasive technique has been carried out successfully in animal models by a research team led by Drs. John G. Flannery and David V. Schaffer at the University
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July 19, 2013

Gene Expression in the Retina Expanded

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

Identifying the genetics of retinal degeneration has become especially important with progress of trials in gene therapy. Investigators have identified more than 200 retinal degeneration disease genes, but still haven’t been able to find the cause of disease in up to half of cases. Now Ocular Genomics Institute has announced that Drs. Michael Farkas, Eric
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July 17, 2013

Fish Oil and Prostate Cancer? Be Suspect

Posted in: Health and Nutrition, Latest News

by Ellen Troyer, MT MA Biosyntrx CEO / Chief Research Officer Voting Member, Council for Responsible Nutrition A number of alarmist are suggesting that Omega-3 fatty acid intake increases prostate cancer risks, based on questionable follow-up conclusions of a 2011 prospective study published in The Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Here is a quick
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July 16, 2013

When News Gets Slow

Posted in: Latest News

by Dan Roberts When news gets slow and papers still need to be sold, we’re likely to see just about anything in the headlines. Here are three I read just this past week: “Type A People Are Less Likely to Die From Type 1 Diabetes!” “Omega-3 Linked to Prostate Cancer!” “New Magnifying Contact Lens Gives
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July 15, 2013

Understand Drug Side Effects and Adverse Events

Posted in: Latest News

In the shadow of recent severe health problems caused by irresponsible repackaging (compounding) of drugs for use in the clinics, MD Support offers a free audio/visual presentation to help patients understand drug side effects and adverse events. Speaking to the International Low Vision Support Group, Dan Roberts addresses the compounding issue as part of a
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July 14, 2013

Support Groups for the Visually Impaired

Posted in: Daily Living

Here are opportunities to socialize and share information with others living with various retinal degenerative conditions. Live Support Groups American Council of the Blind Foundation Fighting Blindness International Low Vision Support Group TeleSupport Prevent Blindness America Internet Message Boards American Foundation for the Blind Eye and Vision Foundation Fighting Blindness Macular Degeneration (MD) Forum Internet
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July 14, 2013

The Low Vision Rehabilitation Delivery Model

Posted in: Low Vision Rehabilitation

This is a graphic representation of the Low Vision Rehabilitation Delivery Model as developed by representatives of the four vision academies and a consumer representative. Read about the project. Below the graphic is a description of each step in the continuum of care it represents. With this information, you hold the key that will open
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July 13, 2013

Jim’s Story: A Journey Through Low Vision Rehabilitation

Posted in: Low Vision Rehabilitation

This is a dramatization of the experiences of Jim, a fictional participant in a low vision rehabilitation program. The intent is to introduce the reader to as many of the varied types of tests and interventions as possible. For simplicity, a single character has been used to show many possible approaches. It does not, therefore,
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July 12, 2013

Visual Field Grid

Posted in: Vision Tests

The Visual Field Grid was designed to allow you to map the scotomas (blind spots) in your central vision. It is easy to do, and it can be used to either monitor your own own progress or to explain your vision to others. To map your visual field, print this page and follow the steps
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July 12, 2013

Snellen Chart

Posted in: Vision Tests

This is the same chart that your doctor uses to determine your visual acuity. The normal height for the letter A is 88 mm, and the viewing distance is 6 meters. To properly view the chart on your monitor: Measure the height of the letter A in millimeters Divide by 88 Multiply by 6 The
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