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January 17, 2006

Gene Therapy Successful in Halting CNV

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts Researchers have been able to halt (at least temporarily) choroidal neovascularization (CNV) with gene replacement therapy. This was done by single injections into the eyeballs of patients during a phase I clinical trial. Here is more detail, as reported on January 17, 2006 by Genetic Engineering News (www.genengnews.com): Clinical Trial on Gene
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December 15, 2005

SmartSight: Making the Most of Remaining Vision

Posted in: Daily Living

Information for Patients from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (Reprinted with permission) Is it difficult for you to read the newspaper, see price tags or set dials? Are you bothered by glare? If you answered “yes” to any of these, then SmartSight is for you. Making the most of the vision you have is smart.
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November 13, 2005

Bacterial Infection Linked to AMD

Posted in: Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts (Updated November 13, 2005) According to a report in the April 2003 issue of the Archives of Ophthalmology (2003;121:478-482.), the bacterium Chlamydia pneumoniae may lead to a higher risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The researchers found that people with AMD tend to carry higher levels of antibodies targeted against C. pneumoniae,
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October 26, 2005

Biocurrent Therapy: A Promising Treatment for Dry AMD

Posted in: Therapies, Treatments, and Procedures

by Dan Roberts with additional material by Wendy Strouse Watt, O.D. Originally Published October 26, 2005 Acuity Medical has successfully completed a proof of concept, double-masked trial of its TheraMac™ device for the treatment of dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The therapy developed from early studies of microcurrent stimulation, with improvements in the science and
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September 25, 2005

Descriptions of Low Vision Magnifiers

Posted in: Daily Living

Device Description Advantages Disadvantages Hand-held magnifier “Sherlock Holmes” type portable magnifying glass. Small and inexpensive. Available in a wide range of powers (1.5X – 8X). Socially-accepted. Leaves only one hand free. Difficult to keep in focus if hand trembles. Clamps with flexible arms are available for attaching to table tops. Illuminated hand-held magnifier Portable lens
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September 25, 2005

Photodynamic Therapy

Posted in: Therapies, Treatments, and Procedures

by Dan Roberts Originally posted on MDSupport and updated in September 2005: QLT’s preliminary results found that Visudyne in an occult trial did not achieve its primary endpoint after two years. ———————————– Photodynamic therapy has been shown to be effective in helping to prevent further loss of sight in people who are afflicted by the
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September 7, 2005

Eccentric Viewing

Posted in: Daily Living, Low Vision Rehabilitation

by Dan Roberts September 2005 Reviewed by Jennifer Galbraith, O.D. Eccentric viewing is a technique used by people with central vision loss. Also called Preferred Retinal Loci (PRL), it is a method by which the person looks slightly away from the subject in order to view it peripherally with another area of the visual field.
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July 30, 2005

What Can I Do To Keep Busy?

Posted in: Daily Living

by Dan Roberts Updated July 2005 One of the most common concerns of the vision-impaired is how to keep busy. People who are used to filling their days with lots of activities often find it difficult to replace those hours with things that don’t require good eyesight. I posed this problem to the people in
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July 13, 2005

Phototrop Improves Vision in ARMD Patients

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts July 13, 2005 Phototrop (a combination of compounds which affect mitochondrial lipid metabolism) is now available in the United States. The compound was reported to yield significant results in a paper published in May 2005. (“Improvement of visual functions and fundus alterations in early age-related macular degeneration treated with a combination of
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July 1, 2005

Blue Light and Macular Degeneration

Posted in: Health and Nutrition

From “Macular Degeneration–The Complete Guide To Saving And Maximizing Your Sight” by Lylas G. Mogk, M.D. and Marja Mogk (Reprinted with permission) In many primate studies, blue light has been shown to cause a photochemical reaction that produces free radicals in the RPE and the rods and cones. Researchers believe that these free radicals interact
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March 25, 2005

Transpupillary Thermotherapy (TTT) Trials Continue

Posted in: Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts Originally published on MDSupport, updated March 2005 Since March 2000, an experimental study (“Transpupillary Thermotherapy of Occult Subfoveal Choroidal Neovascular Membrane,” or TTT4CNV”) has been underway using transpupillary thermotherapy (TTT) for the treatment of the occult form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The therapy utilizes a low dose of infrared laser light
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March 10, 2005

Photrex Trials Show Beneficial Results

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts (Updated March 10, 2005) Doctors reported successful results from analyses of Miravant Medical Technologies’ Phase III clinical trials for Photrex (aka rostaporfin or SnET2) on October 25, 2004 at the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) meeting in New Orleans. Photrex is a proprietary photodynamic therapy drug which has been studied in two
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March 4, 2005

Mouse Model Developed for AMD and Stargardt’s Research

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts March 2005 A research team at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine and the University of Utah have developed a mouse model of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and Stargardt’s disease. As reported in the online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (March 4, 2005),
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December 25, 2004

Depression and Macular Degeneration

Posted in: Daily Living, Low Vision Rehabilitation

from Macular Degeneration–The Complete Guide To Saving And Maximizing Your Sight by Lylas G. Mogk, M.D. and Marja Mogk (Originally published September 2004. Reprinted with permission) Many people who lose vision go through a short period of mild depression as they grieve their loss and adjust their lives. But many others experi ence prolonged periods
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December 7, 2004

Is Brittany Blind?

Posted in: Daily Living, Eye Conditions

A presentation to students of Music Therapy at the University of Missouri, Kansas City December 7, 2004 Presenter: Dan Roberts Founding Director Macular Degeneration Support Introduction Ten-year-old Brittany has been a music and composition student of mine for three years. She was born with a rare condition called anophthalmia, which translates as “without organs of
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