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June 25, 2006

Age-related Macular Degeneration Does Not Cause Blindness

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

A revealing opinion poll sponsored by MD Support shows that a strong majority of people affected by AMD do not think of themselves as blind, and they do not want the term to be used to describe their visual impairment. The pronouncement is well known: “age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness
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June 1, 2006

Summary of Research and Developments in Macular Degeneration: 2005-2006

Posted in: Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts This is a compilation of significant research in the field of macular degeneration during the period May 2005 through May 2006, beginning with new findings as presented at the 2006 meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). Triple therapy found to be effective for wet AMD Triple therapy
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June 1, 2006

Summary of Research and Developments in Macular Degeneration: 2005-2006

Posted in: Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts This is a compilation of significant research in the field of macular degeneration during the period May 2005 through May 2006, beginning with new findings as presented at the 2006 meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). Triple therapy found to be effective for wet AMD Triple therapy
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April 20, 2006

Stem Cells Promise Cure

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts April 20, 2006 Here is a summary of an article that appeared in Science Magazine regarding stem cell transplantation for treatment of retinal degeneration: Stem Cells Promise Cure For Vision Loss Wednesday, April 19, 2006 New Delhi: Dr Rajender Prasad Centre for Opthalmic Sciences at AIIMS has been studying the effect of stem
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March 23, 2006

Stargardt Disease Information for Patients and Their Families

Posted in: Eye Conditions

by Janet S. Sunness, M.D. March 2006 Stargardt disease is the most common cause of macular degeneration and central visual loss in young people. Stargardt disease often develops in the teens or twenties, but may develop in younger children (the youngest child I have seen with it is 5) or may develop somewhat later in
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March 7, 2006

No Smoking

Posted in: Health and Nutrition

By Linda Kaspari Updated, March 2006 Cigarette smoking reduces levels of plasma antioxidant, a substance in the blood stream, which protects retinal cells. Smoking causes the protective layer between the retina and blood vessels to erode, resulting in poor circulation, irritation and scarring. Smoking is damaging to the blood supply. Smoking exposes the body to
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February 22, 2006

Gene Therapy Studies Successful in Slowing Neovascularization

Posted in: Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts January 2002 (Updated February 2006) Researchers at Johns Hopkins’ Wilmer Eye Institute have been able to successfully slow blood vessel growth in laboratory mice in two different experiments involving injection of genes, and human trials have begun. In one study (Mori, K., et al., “Inhibition of Choroidal Neovascularization by Intravenous Injection of
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February 21, 2006

Drusen Fragments May Lead to Wet AMD

Posted in: Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts February 2006 Dr. Jayakrishna Ambati (University of Kentucky HealthCare physician and Associate Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences), has announced that his lab has identified fragments of two known components of drusen that may be the cause of dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD) progressing to the
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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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