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February 23, 2008

SAILOR Study Results Favorable

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts February 23, 2008 The final results from Cohort 1 of the Phase IIIb SAILOR study of Lucentis in patients with wet AMD were presented on February 23, 2008 at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute’s Angiogenesis meeting by Dr. David Boyer (Retina-Vitreous Associates Medical Group, Los Angeles). The final, one-year data support the
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February 1, 2008

Retina Developed From Human Stem Cells

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts (Updated February 1, 2008) Advanced Cell Technology (ACT) in Massachusetts announced on September 23, 2004 that they had engineered human embryonic stem cells which could be used to repair a damaged retina. The research team worked with stem cells taken from human embryos made by another team at Harvard University and coaxed
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December 23, 2007

The First Seven Years: An Overview of Stem Cell Transplantation Research for Treatment of Retinal Disease

Posted in: Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts A great deal has happened in an amazingly short time in the field of stem cell transplantation for treatment of retinal disease. This article overviews the first seven years and briefly summarizes the most important research. By no means comprehensive, it is intended to provide a helpful perspective for both doctors and
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November 25, 2007

Color Perception and Macular Degeneration

Posted in: Daily Living

Originally published November 2007 People with macular degeneration gradually lose their color perception. This is because the photoreceptor cone cells, which are most dense in the macula, are responsible for color vision. The rod cells, which proliferate in the peripheral field, provide only black and shades of gray. Color is interpreted by the brain. The
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November 23, 2007

Degenerative Myopia

Posted in: Eye Conditions, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts (Updated November 2015) Overview Myopia is a condition whereby images come into focus in front of the eye, resulting in a blurred image on the retina. The more severe the nearsightedness, the farther the image is from the retina, which results in more blurry vision in the distance. Myopia causes light rays
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August 20, 2007

Low Vision Rehabilitation Delivery Model Launched

Posted in: Latest News, Low Vision Rehabilitation

Kansas City, MO (August 10, 2007) — An historic event in low vision care was officially announced on August 10, 2007 at the third annual Envision 07 Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. As part of the keynote speech, R. Tracy Williams, O.D. described a model that has been developed over the past five months by
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July 24, 2007

Genetics and Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Posted in: Health and Nutrition

Information for this article provided by Asper Ophthalmics What is DNA? DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) is a molecule that contains all of the genetic instructions needed to develop and maintain an organism. It is a long structure resembling a winding staircase. Each step of the staircase consists of two building blocks called nucleotides. There are four
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July 18, 2007

C3 Gene Variant Increases Risk of AMD

Posted in: Research and Developments

Press Release July 18, 2007 Researchers have found a gene variant that can more than double the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The researchers based their findings on studies of patients with AMD (603 from England and 244 from Scotland) who were compared with 701 unaffected people. They found that a variant in the
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June 1, 2007

Summary of Research and Developments in Macular Degeneration: 2006-2007

Posted in: Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts This is a summary of all major research and developments pertinent to macular degeneration that occurred between mid-May 2006 and mid-May 2007. It is organized by month of occurence under the subsets “Pharmacology,” “Surgery,” “Nutrition” and/or “Miscellaneous.” The final section, “The Future,” summarizes work in progress that may lead to promising developments
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May 20, 2007

Omega-3 Proving to be Beneficial on Several Fronts

Posted in: Health and Nutrition, Latest News

by Dan Roberts May 20, 2007 (Updated April 15, 2008) Recent studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acids and fish consumption may reduce the risks of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), Alzheimer’s disease, inflammation and depression. The Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) Research Group showed that dietary total docosahexaenic acid (DHA), an omega-3 fatty acid contained
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May 14, 2007

Good News For Chocolate Lovers, Cautionary Advice for Wine Drinkers

Posted in: Health and Nutrition, Latest News

by Dan Roberts December 2003 (Updated May 2007) A report published in the December 2003 issue of Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry announced that cocoa has more antioxidant power that wine or tea. We have been told that red wine and green tea are beneficial for our retinas, but it looks like we should
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March 18, 2007

Zinc May Harm the Retina: New Finding

Posted in: Health and Nutrition, Latest News

by Dan Roberts March 2007 BBC News announced on March 18, 2007 that researchers at London’s Institute of Ophthalmology think the mineral zinc may play a role in the development of AMD. The study, published in Experimental Eye Research, found that drusen containing high levels of zinc may contribute to progression of the disease. When
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February 21, 2007

Avastin for Wet AMD

Posted in: Therapies, Treatments, and Procedures

by Dan Roberts Updated February 2007 (Editor’s note: This article is retained for archival purposes. More recent developments will be found elsewhere in the Low Vision Resources Library.) Off-label use of intravitreal Avastin (bevacizumab) has become a widespread treatment for wet AMD. This is a concern for some doctors and for Genentech Pharmaceuticals (developers of
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January 30, 2007

A Safer Way to Treat SAD

Posted in: Daily Living

by Richard L. Hansler, Ph.D. (Director, Lighting Innovations Institute, John Carroll University. Executive Director, Light and Health Foundation.) Originally published January 2007 The broadly accepted method of treating Seasonally Affective Disorder (SAD) is exposure to light in the early morning. The mechanism by which this improves mood is not well understood despite many studies. There
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November 22, 2006

Intraocular Injections and Eye Pain

Posted in: Therapies, Treatments, and Procedures

by Dan Roberts November 2006 Some people have been reporting considerable pain and/or conjunctival hemorrhaging (eye redness) following intraocular injections of anti-angiogenic drugs (Macugen, Lucentis and off-label Avastin) for wet AMD. Most patients, however, are reporting nothing more than some discomfort. The following information has been gathered from patients who have undergone the procedure. In
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