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December 6, 2004

Fifteen Tips For Family And Friends

Posted in: Daily Living

Condensed from Macular Degeneration: The Complete Guide to Saving and Maximizing Your Sight, by Lylas G. Mogk, M.D., & Marja Mogk (September 2004. Reprinted by permission of the authors.) Many family members and friends of people with ARMD have asked me what they can do to help. Here are fifteen tips: 1. Be direct about
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November 15, 2004

Stem Cells Have Restored Vision

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts November 2004 Scientists from Harvard’s Schepens Eye Research Institute have, for the first time, successfully improved the vision of mice with transplanted stem cells. Neural stem (progenitor) cells were obtained from day-old mice and grafted into the degenerating retinas of mature mice. The transplanted cells were then seen to develop into mature
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October 25, 2004

Drugs & Supplements With Adverse Effects on Ophthalmic Conditions Drugs

Posted in: Eye Conditions

This list of drugs is derived from the American Academy of Ophthalmology Syllabus for “Drug-Related Adverse Effects of Clinical Importance to the Ophthalmologist (F.W. Fraunfelder, MD, Instructor). For details about each drug, see the Syllabus. DRUGS topiramate (Topamax) 10% phenylephrine pledgets (Neo-Synephrine) sildenafil (Viagra) isotretinoin (Accutane)amiodarone (Cordone) hydroxychloroquine/chloroquine (Plaquenil) marijuana tamoxifen Bisphosphonates: alendronic acid ibandronate pamidronate zolendronate Carbonic Anhydrase
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October 22, 2004

Human Retinal Stem Cells Discovered

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts Research in vision restoration has taken another step forward with the discovery of human retinal stem cells that have the ability to regenerate themselves. The announcement was made in October 2004 to the National Academy of Sciences by Derek Van der Kooy from the Department of Medical Biophysics at the University of
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September 25, 2004

Antioxidant Values in Fruits And Vegetables

Posted in: Health and Nutrition

by Dan Roberts September 2004 A study from Tufts University in Boston ranks the antioxidant value of commonly eaten fruits and vegetables using an analysis called ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity). This is a test tube analysis that measures the total antioxidant power of foods and other chemical substances. Antioxidants are special compounds that protect
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September 15, 2004

Sight From Fetal Cell Transplantation

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts January, 2003 (Updated September, 2004) Scientists are researching a new method of retinal transplantation in the continuing effort to restore sight to the blind. Drs. Robert Aramant and Magdalene Seiler (Doheny Eye Institute, Los Angeles) have had preliminary success transplanting double layers of cells from the retinas of aborted fetuses. The two
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September 14, 2004

Charles Bonnet Syndrome (CBS)

Posted in: Eye Conditions

by Dan Roberts September 2004 This syndrome is characterized by visual hallucinations in people who have a sudden change in vision such as that brought on by macular degeneration. Named after the man who first described it in 1780, it was later defined as “persistent or recurrent visual pseudohallucinatory phenomena of a pleasant or neutral
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July 25, 2004

Descriptive Terminology for Macular Degeneration

Posted in: Daily Living

by Dan Roberts Originally published July 2004 By their choice of words, eye care professionals, public relations writers and media reporters hold the power to influence the psychological impact of macular degeneration on newly-diagnosed patients. This article attempts to bring awareness of terminology that is both accurate and sensitive to patient welfare, thereby establishing a
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July 22, 2004

Second AMD Gene Discovered

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

A second gene, called fibulin 5, has been shown to be related to age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The discovery was announced in the July 22, 2004 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine by a team from the Research Center for Macular Degeneration and Allied Retinal Diseases at the University of Iowa. Earlier research
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July 10, 2004

What is Visual Impairment?

Posted in: Eye Conditions, Low Vision Rehabilitation

by Dan Roberts 2004 Visual impairment is ranked third behind arthritis and heart disease as the most common condition causing a need for assistance with activities of daily living for persons 70 years and older. It is, however, often overlooked in the home care setting when treating patients for other conditions. (Source: A caregiver’s eye
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July 7, 2004

Beta Carotene And Smoking

Posted in: Health and Nutrition

by Dan Roberts July 2004 As most of us are aware, beta carotene (i.e. vitamin A) has been shown to increase the risk of lung cancer in smokers [Finnish Alpha-Tocopherol, Beta-Carotene Cancer Prevention (ATBC) study]. For this reason, people who smoke, or have recently smoked, are being advised to avoid supplements containing beta carotene. This
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March 25, 2004

Saving Lives: The Impact of Vision Loss in Later Life

Posted in: Daily Living

by Lylas G. Mogk, M.D. & Marja Mogk Presented by Dr. Mogk at the Pfizer Ophthalmology Therapeutic Area Conference March 25, 2004 I. Introduction Every year Age-Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD) causes more than 200,000 Americans to lose their central vision, and many more are already living with vision loss. In fact, macular degeneration alone has
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February 11, 2004

C-reactive Protein Levels Connected to Macular Degeneration

Posted in: Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts There has been a good deal of excitement about the possible connection between the level of C-reactive protein (CRP) in the blood and various diseases, including macular degeneration. CRP is responsible for the healing benefit of inflammation that occurs when a part of the body is in trouble. If, however, the level
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November 25, 2003

Macular Translocation

Posted in: Therapies, Treatments, and Procedures

by Dan Roberts Originally published July 2000 (Updated November 2003) Simply put, macular translocation is an experimental surgical procedure which involves detachment of the retina and relocation of it to a healthier spot in the eye. It has been described as “three to four hours of operating on something the size of a postage stamp
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November 12, 2003

Pattern Dystrophies

Posted in: Eye Conditions

by Wendy Strouse Watt, O.D. November 2003 Pattern dystrophies are inherited in an autosomal dominant fashion and they involve the Retinal Pigment Epithelium (RPE) and the external macular retina. Pattern dystrophies represent a group of disorders that present in midlife with mild visual disturbances in one or both eyes. Since patients present later in life
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