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November 16, 2016

NHTSA sets ‘Quiet Car’ safety standard

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New requirement of audible alert will help prevent 2,400 pedestrian injuries a year The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is adding a sound requirement for all newly manufactured hybrid and electric light-duty vehicles to help protect pedestrians. The new federal safety standard will help pedestrians who are blind, have low vision, and
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October 13, 2016

FDA Grants Priority Review for Myopic CNV Treatment

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Genentech, makers of Lucentis® (ranibizumab injection) for wet AMD, has been approved for Priority Review by the FDA to study Lucentis for the treatment of myopic choroidal neovascularization (mCNV). Also known as degenerative myopia, mCNV is a complication of severe near-sightedness that can lead to uncorrectable visual impairment. The FDA’s approval is based on results from the Phase
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October 13, 2016

RADIANCE Study for Treatment of Myopic Degeneration

Posted in: Research and Developments

RADIANCE is a Phase III, 12-month, randomized, double-masked, multicenter, active-controlled study comparing the efficacy and safety of Lucentis (0.5 mg) versus verteporfin photodynamic therapy (vPDT) in 277 patients with visual impairment due to myopic choroidal neovascularization (mCNV). Patients were randomized into three treatment groups: 106 patients in group I received treatment with Lucentis on study
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September 12, 2016

Webinar on Making Eye Health a Population Health Imperative: Vision for Tomorrow

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An important report on making eye health a population health imperative is scheduled to be released to the public on Thursday, September 15. Following its release, a webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, September 20, from 2:00 until 3:15 Central Time to share highlights of the report. This is part of a consensus study by the Health and
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September 10, 2016

Combined Therapies May Help Restore Vision Loss From Glaucoma

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

Past studies have shown that high-contrast visual stimulation can help damaged retinal neurons regrow optic nerve fibers. By combining that knowledge with new research showing that increased activity of a protein called mTOR promotes optic nerve regeneration, scientists are hoping for a way to restore sight lost to glaucoma and other optic neuropathies. So far,
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August 10, 2016

Is Blindness The “Worst Ailment”?

Posted in: Daily Living, Latest News, Low Vision Rehabilitation, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts A recent online nationwide poll (1) has joined similar past studies in revealing that people consider vision loss to be the “worst ailment that could happen to them relative to losing memory, speech, hearing, or a limb.” The researchers’ intent was to “underscore the importance of focusing on preservation of eye health and the
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July 27, 2016

Finally, A Promising Breakthrough For Dry AMD

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

Genentech, Inc., a leading pharmaceutical developer, is currently conducting two phase III trials studying the drug lampalizumab as a potential treatment for advanced dry macular degeneration, also known as geographic atrophy (GA). Patients who have been diagnosed with GA are encouraged to participate in the trials, which are being conducted at hundreds of locations in
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July 23, 2016

Lions Center for the Blind Needs Support

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The Lions Center for the Blind (LCB), a nonprofit organization with offices in Oakland and Fairfield, CA, has announced that it will cease operations effective August 31, 2016, unless significant additional funding is received prior to that date. The 74-year-old service organization will have to close its doors due to a lack of funding unless new sources
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July 19, 2016

Anti-depressant Drugs May Someday Help Prevent Macular Degeneration

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

Tests in a mouse model of macular degeneration have shown that anti-depressant drugs already on the market prevent damage to the light cells in the retina. In a study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a University of Wisconsin—Madison research team pinpoints how immune abnormalities beneath the retina result in macular degeneration.
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June 9, 2016

For Some, Switching ANTI-VEGF Treatments Midstream Could Be Harmful

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

Switching from Lucentis to Eylea could result in worsening of the retinal condition of some people with wet (exudative) AMD. Since the advent of anti-VEGF drug treatments for wet AMD, research has verified that blood vessel growth and leakage (neovascularization) usually diminishes in patients who are switched from either Lucentis or Avastin to Eylea. A small
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May 28, 2016

Summary of Research and Development — 2016

Posted in: Research and Developments

ILVSG Presentation June 2016 Dan Roberts I. INTRODUCTION This is my 11th annual summary of leading research and developments that have occurred during the past 12 months in the field of blindness and low vision. I’ll take the liberty in several cases of quoting the sources, but for the sake of conversational flow, I’ll break
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May 27, 2016

Invitation to participate in paid phone survey

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Cello Health Insight, a Healthcare Market Research Agency, is looking for people with a diagnosis of dry age-related macular degeneration with visual symptoms to participate in a marketing research study. Researchers want to learn about patients’ experiences living with age-related macular degeneration. The study consists of a telephone interview and potentially an in-person interview. This study will
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May 20, 2016

Visual Impairment and Blindness in U.S. May Double by 2050

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

The findings of a recent study suggest that there is a need for increased screening and interventions to identify and address treatable causes of vision loss. With the youngest of the baby boomers hitting 65 by 2029, the number of people with visual impairment or blindness in the United States is expected to double to
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May 5, 2016

OPT-302 Enters Phase 2A Trials for Wet AMD

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Opthea Limited, a developer of novel biologic therapies for the treatment of eye diseases, has randomized and dosed the first patient in the Phase 2A dose expansion clinical trial of OPT-302 for wet AMD. OPT-302 is a soluble form of vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 3 (VEGFR-3) or ‘Trap’ molecule, that blocks the activity of two
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May 3, 2016

AMD Since Anti-VEGF

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

A National Eye Institute (NEI) study* confirms that anti-VEGF treatments have greatly improved the prognosis for patients with the wet form of age-related macular degeneration (wAMD) during the past decade. In the study of nearly 650 people, half still had vision 20/40 or better, typically good enough to drive or to read standard print, after five years of treatment with
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