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January 1, 2013

Locating a Low Vision Specialist

Posted in: Low Vision Rehabilitation

These sites will help you find low vision specialists in your area. Before contacting a specific service, however, you may want to educate yourself about what you should expect. For a good deal of information, see the Low Vision Rehabilitation section of our library.   Eschenbach – interactive map and search for low vision professionals by
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December 19, 2012

Aspirin and AMD

Posted in: Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts Updated 12/19/12 This is an attempt to shed some light on the issue of aspirin and macular degeneration. In the spring of 2005, a large study introduced some interesting new information about aspirin. The study was done using 39,876 women over a 10-year period in order to clarify the suspected differences between
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September 27, 2012

Antiangiogenic Drugs Are Stopping Neovascularization in Wet Macular Degeneration

Posted in: Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts A substance in the body called Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) is responsible for the growth of new blood vessels. It promotes this growth by stimulating the endothelial cells, which form the walls of the vessels and transport nutrients and oxygen to the tissues. Evidence shows that when the retinal pigment epithelial
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August 2, 2012

Alcohol Consumption Linked to AMD

Posted in: Health and Nutrition, Latest News

by Dan Roberts August 2012 A study published July 29, 2012 in American Journal of Epidemiology has concluded that drinking more than 20 g of alcohol per day was associated with an approximate 20% increase in the odds of early AMD when compared with those who reported no alcohol intake at baseline. A typical glass
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August 1, 2012

Nutritional Risk Factors for AMD

Posted in: Health and Nutrition

by Dan Roberts August 1, 2012 (Reviewed by Jeffrey Anshel, O.D., F.A.A.O. (CEO, Ocular Nutrition Society) Risk factors for developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD) can be genetic, environmental, behavioral, or nutritional. This is a list of nutritional factors that have been linked to development of retinal dystrophies. High dosages of aspirin High caloric intake High
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July 7, 2012

Doctor Overload: What Can We Do to Help?

Posted in: Health and Nutrition, Low Vision Rehabilitation

by Dan Roberts July 2012 As our older population grows and the number of care providers dwindle, doctors fear that their ability to provide sufficient care will soon begin to be overburdened by the sheer number of people who will need it. A low vision rehabilitation delivery system is in place, but it can work
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June 5, 2012

Implantable Miniature Telescope (IMT) For AMD and Stargardt’s Disease

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts (Updated: June 5, 2012) The IMT is a micro-sized precision telescope, about the size of a pea, that is implanted in one eye in an outpatient surgical procedure conducted under local anesthesia. The IMT provides magnification of 3.0X or 2.2X, depending on the IMT model used. A magnified image is projected over
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June 1, 2012

Summary of Research and Developments in Macular Degeneration, 2011-2012

Posted in: Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts June 2012 Introduction Here is MD Support’s summary of the the past twelve months of significant research and development in the field of macular degeneration. We begin with the field that has been making the most news: pharmacology. _______________________________ PHARMACOLOGY SEP: Infection Risk From Repackaged Avastin The big pharmaceutical news of the
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May 11, 2012

The Financial Burden of Eye Disease

Posted in: Daily Living, Latest News

Ellen Troyer, MT MA Biosyntrx CEO/Chief Research Officer May 11, 2012 The National Eye Institute (NEI) estimates that the current annual cost of vision impairment and degenerative eye disease to the United States private and public sector exceeds $68 billion. And this number does not fully quantify the impact of lost productivity, diminished quality of
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April 22, 2012

IL-18 Can Prevent Inflammation in the Retina

Posted in: Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts Updated April 2014 A new finding by researchers at Trinity College Dublin may lead to another treatment for wet AMD. Inflammation in the retina results from blood vessel development, and the natural component named IL-18 has been found to keep the process under control. By injecting the chemical into the eye, or
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March 11, 2012

What Is Macular Degeneration?

Posted in: Daily Living, Eye Conditions, Health and Nutrition, Low Vision Rehabilitation, Research and Developments, Therapies, Treatments, and Procedures

by Dan Roberts (Updated April 29, 2015) (Reviewed by Martin A. Mainster, Ph.D., M.D., FRCOphth) Audio/visual presentations on all related subjects Recommended books: The First Year: Age-Related Macular Degeneration: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed by Daniel L. Roberts Macular Degeneration: The Complete Guide to Saving and Maximizing Your Sight by Lylas Mogk, M.D.
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February 28, 2012

Fenretinide For Treatment of Dry MD and Stargardt’s Disease

Posted in: Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts (Updated February 28, 2012) Fenretinide (RT-101), a drug that has been used to treat certain cancers, rheumatoid arthritis, acne, and psoriasis, has been found to also slow the production and accumulation of a toxin that leads to vision loss in Stargardt’s patients. The toxin, called A2E, is a byproduct of vitamin A,
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February 9, 2012

New Radiation Treatment for Wet AMD

Posted in: Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts [It was reported on 2/9/12 that Phase III of this study did not meet it’s primary endpoint at 2 years. The information in this article describes the progress up to that point.] NeoVista, Inc. announced on June 17, 2007 the official commencement of the CABERNET (Cnv secondary to Amd treated with BEta
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February 2, 2012

New Treatment for Dry AMD Using HuCNS Stem Cells

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

by Dan Roberts February 2, 2012 StemCells, Inc. announced on February 2, 2012 that the FDA has authorized a Phase I/II clinical trial of a new method using stem cells from the brain to prevent degeneration of the macula in dry AMD patients. Purified human neural stem cells (HuCNS-SC) will be administered by a single
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December 12, 2011

Degenerative Myopia: a Review of its Nature and Current Treatment

Posted in: Eye Conditions

by Brian Ward, Ph.D., M.D. December 2011 Degenerative myopia deserves our recognition as one of the truly neglected areas of ophthalmology. It is reported to be the seventh ranking cause of legal blindness in the United Sates of America the fourth ranking cause in Hong Kong and the second in parts of China and Japan.
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