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October 3, 2011

Artificial Lighting and the Blue Light Hazard

Posted in: Daily Living

(The Facts About Lighting and Vision) by Dan Roberts, Founding Director Macular Degeneration Support Originally published on MDSupport, updated October 3, 2011) Contents Introduction What Is Light? The Blue Light Hazard Terms Referring to Measurement of Light Types of Lamps The Problem With Full-Spectrum Lamps Market Survey Summary Discussion Safe Options Live Comparison of Representative
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June 1, 2011

AMD Report From ARVO 2011

Posted in: Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts It is important to note at the outset of this report that patients are highly respected across the professional board for their willingness to act as pioneers in the ongoing research. Our participation in clinical trials is greatly appreciated by the researchers. That having been said, here are latest updates on research
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June 1, 2011

Summary of Research and Developments in Macular Degeneration, 2010-2011

Posted in: Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts June 19, 2011 Introduction Since 2006, I have done my best to condense the high points of the previous year’s macular degeneration research into a single report that is concise and understandable for the layperson. I do so, because I understand first hand how important it is to be aware of everything
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May 30, 2011

Encapsulated Cell Technology (ECT)–A New Drug Delivery System

Posted in: Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts Updated March 30, 2015 A means of delivering drugs into the retina on a time release basis is being developed and proven safe and effective. It is achieved by a method called Encapsulated Cell Technology (ECT), being tested by Neurotech SA with support from the National Eye Institute (NEI), Bethesda, Maryland. A
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May 25, 2011

Stargardt Disease

Posted in: Eye Conditions

by Dan Roberts (Updated May 25, 2011) Stargardt disease (also known as fundus flavimaculatus and Stargardt macular dystrophy) is the most common form of inherited juvenile macular degeneration. Inherited as an autosomal recessive trait, it is a severe form of MD that begins in late childhood, leading to legal blindness. Stargardt disease is symptomatically similar
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May 13, 2011

Ten Things to Know About Multivitamins

Posted in: Health and Nutrition

by Ellen Troyer CEO & Chief Research Officer Biosyntrx Nutritional Technology May 13, 2011 It’s easy to become confused with so many multivitamins choices available. To help sort out the facts, here are ten things eye doctors and their patients should look for when recommending or selecting an ocular health/full-body multivitamin supplement. 1. Both eye
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April 22, 2011

Ranibizumab and Bevacizumab for Neovascular Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Posted in: Research and Developments

The CATT Research Group April 2011 In 2005, clinical trials established the efficacy of ranibizumab (Lucentis, Genentech) for the treatment of neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of legal blindness in the United States. While awaiting approval for ranibizumab from the Food and Drug Administration, ophthalmologists began treating neovascular AMD with off-label use
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March 1, 2011

Maintaining Independence and Quality of Life

Posted in: Daily Living, Latest News, Low Vision Rehabilitation

by Dan Roberts March 2011 The “English Longitudinal Study of Ageing” has found that people with poor eyesight are three to five times more likely than those with good eyesight to suffer from low quality of life, poor psychological health, and depression.1 When those inequalities are accounted for, however, the impact of poor eyesight itself
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February 10, 2011

“Crossing The Line From Visual To Nonvisual Skills”

Posted in: Daily Living, Low Vision Rehabilitation

An Interview with Maurice Peret (Blind Industries and Services of Maryland) Dan Roberts, Moderator International Low Vision Support Group February 10, 2011 Dan: Welcome to our webcast, Maurice. Please tell us how you became blind and how that led you into your work as rehabilitation trainer for Blind Industries and Services of Maryland. Maurice: How
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September 14, 2010

A Primer on the Use of Stem Cells in Ophthalmology

Posted in: Research and Developments

Irving J. Arons September 2, 2010 (Version 3, Updated September 14, 2010) I recently came across an interesting news release from International Stem Cell Corporation (ISCO) announcing that it had formed a new business unit, Cytovis, to focus on stem cell programs in ophthalmology, including CytoCor for the cornea and CytoRet for the retina. That
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July 22, 2010

Spikes in IOP May Result From Particulate Matter in Avastin

Posted in: Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts In a presentation to Hawaiian Eye 2010, Malik Y. Kahook, MD, said that Avastin (bevacizumab) stored for long periods of time shows evidence of increased large particulate matter. This debris can block the eye’s trabecular network and lead to increased intraocular pressure (IOP) in patients being treated with the drug for wet
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June 1, 2010

Summary of Research and Developments in Macular Degeneration: 2009-2010

Posted in: Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts June 10, 2010 Introduction If I were to describe the past twelve months in a word, it would be “progress.” No spectacular breakthroughs have occurred during that time to make big news in the AMD world, but a lot of persistent work has been reaping promising results. moving us ever closer to
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May 23, 2010

Dominant Drusen

Posted in: Eye Conditions

by Dan Roberts (Updated May 2010) Dominant Drusen is an inherited autosomal dominant condition that presents with small round white retinal spots (drusen) that eventually form into a honeycomb pattern in the area of the optic disc and macula. Vision loss is usually slow unless neovascularization (abnormal blood vessel growth and leakage) occurs. Dominant drusen
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May 16, 2010

Genetic testing sheds light on degenerative eye disease

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

Press Release February 13, 2007 Updated 5/16/2010 ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Genetic testing for eye disease is providing vital information about complex retinal diseases, especially when used to confirm a clinician’s diagnosis. In a newly published review of such tests that were conducted over a five-year period at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center,
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February 8, 2010

Saffron Shown to Improve Vision

Posted in: Health and Nutrition, Latest News

by Dan Roberts February 8, 2010 Clinical trials in Italy and Australia have shown that the spice, saffron, can improve vision in people with AMD. The trial was conducted Policlinico Gemelli in Italy by Professor Benedetto Falsini. It was double blind and randomly controlled, involving 25 subjects over six months. Half the group was given
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