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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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February 3, 2010

Study Shows Lucentis and Avastin to be Equal

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts February 3, 2010 Investigators at Kaiser Permanente Southern California in Pasadena reported in the February 2010 issue of Ophthalmology that Avastin and Lucentis performed equally in recent testing. In an indirect comparison of the two drugs, study author Dr. Donald Fong and coauthors reviewed the records of 452 patients treated for wet
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January 30, 2010

PEG-POD – New Gene Delivery Tool

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts January 2010 Researchers have developed a new tool for gene therapy that significantly increases gene delivery to cells in the retina compared to other carriers and DNA alone. The study was published in the January 2010 issue of The Journal of Gene Medicine by Tufts University School of Medicine and the Sackler
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January 28, 2010

Foresee Home Sets New Standard of Care for AMD Patients

Posted in: Therapies, Treatments, and Procedures

by Dan Roberts Updated 3/1/2016 A relatively new technology, called preferential hyperacuity perimetry (PHP) allows eye doctors to detect progression in AMD sooner than with the Amsler grid. The key to the best outcome for treatment of wet AMD is early diagnosis and treatment. The ForeseeHomeª AMD Monitor by Notal Vision is approved by the
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November 30, 2009

Blue Light Filtering IOLs May Slow AMD

Posted in: Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts November 2009 A 2009 study* has shown that implantation of a blue light-filtering intraocular lens (IOL) at the time of cataract surgery increases macular pigment in the retina. This increase may provide protection against the development and/or progression of AMD. The study was reported by the Macular Pigment Research Group at the
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October 27, 2009

Brachytherapy May Reduce Burden of Treatment and Further Improve Visual Acuity

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

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) October 27, 2009 — NeoVista, Inc. made public at the American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting the company’s interim study results from the preliminary study MERITAGE-I. The study was designed to examine the company’s novel epimacular brachytherapy procedure when used in patients that require chronic anti-VEGF treatment for wet AMD. Brachytherapy involves
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August 25, 2009

Driving Safely

Posted in: Daily Living

by Edward J. Huggett, O.D. Originally published August 2009 I am often asked, “How long is it safe to drive when your vision is deteriorating?” There are three visual factors that are important to consider when it comes to driving. Visual acuity (VA), visual field (VF) and contrast sensitivity (CS). There are others I will
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June 17, 2009

Lipschitz Macular Implant Allows Bilateral Magnification of Vision

Posted in: Research and Developments

On June 17, 2009, OptoLight Vision Technology announced that it received a CE mark for its Lipshitz Macular Implant (LMI), named for its inventor, Isaac Lipshitz. This will allow OptoLight to immediately begin marketing the implant in Europe and other markets outside of the United States. On December 28, 2007, Optolight Vision Technology announced success
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June 11, 2009

Summary of Research and Developments in Macular Degeneration: 2008-2009

Posted in: Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts June 11, 2009 Laser Rejuvenates the Retina According to a study announced at the Euretina Congress in May 2008, a laser treatment that “cleans up” Bruch’s membrane may slow down the progression to AMD. Bruch’s membrane is the tissue that separates the photoreceptor cells (our sight cells) from the nourishing blood vessel
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April 22, 2009

siRNA Turns Off Bad Genes

Posted in: Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts (updated April 2009) A new type of anti-VEGF drug called “small interference RNA (siRNA),” is showing promise in its ability to turn off genes that cause wet AMD. A preliminary primate study in early 2004 showed that, at the highest dose used in the study siRNA (formerly called RNAi) “reduced the incidence
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February 2, 2009

Cataract Surgery and Retinal Degeneration

Posted in: Eye Conditions

by Dan Roberts Originally published and updated 2/2/09 A cataract causes clouding of the normally transparent lens of the eye. As the lens becomes more opaque, the rays of light are prevented from focusing on the retina, leading to symptoms such as blurriness, light sensitivity, glare, distortion, and fading of colors and vision. Cataracts are
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January 29, 2009

Echothiophate (ECHO) Therapy Causes a Stir in the Low Vision Community

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

by Dan Roberts November 2003 (Updated January 29, 2009) A Connecticut ophthalmologist has been reporting success from a deceptively simple treatment on patients with Stargardt’s disease and other non-neovascular forms of retinal disease. Dr. Gerard Michael Nolan has performed the treatment, called ECHO therapy, for nearly three years on more than 200 patients at the
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January 29, 2009

Vitamin C Can Lower CRP Levels

Posted in: Health and Nutrition

by Dan Roberts January 2009 A UC Berkeley study led by Gladys Block, PhD, suggests that 1,000 mg of daily supplemental vitamin C can lower concentrations of C-reactive protein (CRP), the marker associated with systemic inflammation. (Free Radical Biology and Medicine, Jan. 1, 2009). It suggests that a daily dose of supplemental vitamin C can
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November 20, 2008

Brain Reorganizes to Adjust for Loss of Vision

Posted in: Research and Developments

Atlanta (November 20, 2008) – A new study from Georgia Tech shows that when patients with macular degeneration focus on using another part of their retina to compensate for their loss of central vision, their brain seems to compensate by reorganizing its neural connections. Age related macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss
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November 10, 2008

Interleukin-6 and Interleukin-8 Linked to Dry AMD

Posted in: Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts (Updated November 10, 2008) Concentration of two cytokines, interleukin-6 and interleukin-8, have been found in two different studies to be potential biomarkers for incidence of dry AMD. Cytokines are signaling compounds in the cells that are involved in a variety of immunological, inflammatory, and infectious diseases. Janice C. Law, MD, and her
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