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July 6, 2013

Numbers of People with Macular Degeneration and Other Retinal Diseases

Posted in: Eye Conditions

by Dan Roberts This information is for those who might like to know how much company we have out there. The information in this article was derived from a presentation scheduled for the 2002 ARVO convention, and it is the best estimation of numbers in the United States that I have seen so far. For
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July 6, 2013

Lighting For Low Vision

Posted in: Daily Living

by Dan Roberts with supporting information provided by Roy Cole, O.D. What is the best kind of lighting for visually-impaired people? Is one kind of lamp better than another? These are two of the most-asked questions in a subject field that can be confusing at best. The bottom line is that people should use the
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July 6, 2013

Financial Assistance for Eye Care

Posted in: Daily Living

At one time or another, we all need help. With the high cost of medical care and prescriptions, it is good to know that there is assistance for those of us who qualify. This is a compilation of agencies and organizations that welcome your call. First inquire about assistance from local and state agencies: Local
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July 1, 2013

Understanding Drug Side Effects and Adverse Events

Posted in: Eye Conditions, Therapies, Treatments, and Procedures

Presented to the International Low Vision Support Group by Dan Roberts July 2013 [Opening: montage of screen shots and audio of disclaimers from drug commercials] Pretty scary, isn’t it? Kind of like telling us we’re going to feel better or die trying. These commercials, which show peaceful scenes of happy people while a disembodied voice
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June 25, 2013

Betadine and Eye Pain

Posted in: Therapies, Treatments, and Procedures

Betadine (povidone-iodine 5%) has become the standard of care for cleansing the eye during anti-VEGF injection procedures. Though the incidence of sensitivity to povidone-iodine (PVPI) is infrequent, some patients are reporting severe and prolonged burning of the conjunctiva.1,2,3 Even though the complaints are relatively few, a solution needs to be found to this problem. Keeping
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June 23, 2013

Floaters and Flashers

Posted in: Eye Conditions

Floaters Floaters are actually cellular debris within the vitreous, the jelly-like fluid that fills the inside of the eye. They may be seen as strings, streaks, clouds, bugs, dots, dust, or spider webs. These objects appear to be in front of the eye, but they are really floating in this fluid, and at the same
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June 21, 2013

New Anti-PDGF Aptamer Now in Trials

Posted in: Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts February 15, 2008 Ophthotech has begun the first phase of a clinical trial of E10030, an anti-platelet derived growth factor aptamer being developed for treating wet AMD. The trial will evaluate the safety and tolerability of E10030 in combination with an antiangiogenic drug. The hope is that the combination will result in
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June 1, 2013

Summary of Research and Developments in Macular Degeneration, 2012-2013

Posted in: Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts June 2013 INTRODUCTION This is a summary of reports about significant research and development in the field of macular degeneration and related diseases presented since June 2012 and May 2013. I will briefly describe the conclusions of 77 studies that have been presented in the areas of therapy, prevention, technology, nutrition and
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May 30, 2013

A Guide to Research in Dry AMD

Posted in: Research and Developments

Compiled by Dan Roberts (Updated November 2017) This is a guide to all leading research to date in the field of dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD). It is divided into three categories: Pharmaceutical Gene Therapy Surgical Intervention Procedures Most headings contain links to further information. Hopefully, this document will help to identify information of interest specifically
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May 6, 2013

Clinical Trial Finds Antioxidants and Zinc Beneficial in Reducing Risk of Severe AMD

Posted in: Health and Nutrition, Latest News

by Tom Hoglund, Information Officer Foundation Fighting Blindness October 2007 Reprinted by permission. (Updated May 6, 2013) Patients with advanced cases of dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD) can moderately lower the risk of developing the more severe wet form of the disease and preserve vision by taking a daily dose of antioxidant vitamins and zinc.
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April 6, 2013

How Many People are Legally Blind from Wet AMD?

Posted in: Eye Conditions, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts April 2013 The latest report I have seen that provides anything close to an accurate estimate of legal blindness among people with wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is Wilmer Eye Institute’s “Causes and prevalence of visual impairment among adults in the United States” by Congdon N, et al (Arch Ophthalmol. 2004 Apr;122(4):477-85).
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April 6, 2013

Cholesterol and AMD

Posted in: Therapies, Treatments, and Procedures

by Dan Roberts Originally published and updated, April 6, 2013 This is a continuously updated review of research since 2002 on cholesterol and age-related macular degeneration. It presents studies of statin treatment and it introduces recent findings regarding reduction of cholesterol by restoring macrophages. Statins Statins are a type of cholesterol-reducing drug that lower the
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March 25, 2013

All About Magnifiers for AMD

Posted in: Daily Living

by Joe Fontenot, MD, CLVT Medical Director Community Services for Vision Rehabilitation 600 BelAir Blvd. Mobile AL 36606 Reprinted with permission from The Magnifier – Issue #90, Jan – Mar 2013, MD Foundation   Almost all people with macular degeneration do see better if things are larger or closer, and magnifiers make things seem larger
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March 21, 2013

Stem Cells Found in Human Breast Tissue

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts In March of 2013, an online early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reported that newly discovered stem cells from human breast tissue are more genetically stable than the human induced pluripoint stem cells (hiPS cells) currently being developed. In addition to avoiding the issue of using embryonic
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March 8, 2013

Stem Cell Procedures Promising

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts (Updated February 20, 2015) Several studies are showing success at using stem cell transplantation to treat retinal degeneration. This article describes the progress of the research. University of Washington In 2006, a team from the University of Washington used a mix of “growth factors”, natural proteins that encourage cell growth, to coax
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