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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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November 7, 2003

Retinal Telangiectasias

Posted in: Eye Conditions

by Wendy Strouse Watt, O.D. November 2003 Retinal telangiectasias are a group of rare, idiopathic (a disease having no known cause), congenital retinal vascular anomalies affecting the retinal capillaries. The conditions are characterized by dilation and tortuosity of retinal vessels and formation of multiple aneurysms (localized, pathological, blood-filled dilatations of a blood vessel caused by
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October 25, 2003

Computer Vision Syndrome and Computer Glasses

Posted in: Eye Conditions

by Wendy Strouse Watt, O.D. Originally published October 2003 People who spend more than two hours on a computer each day will experience symptoms of CVS or Computer Vision Syndrome. The most common symptoms include headaches, focusing difficulties, burning eyes, tired eyes, general eyestrain, aching eyes, dry eyes, double vision, blurred vision, light sensitivity, and
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October 21, 2003

FFB-Sponsored Study Leads to Discovery of New AMD Gene

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

(Press release from the Foundation Fighting Blindness) October 21, 2003 An exciting gene discovery by an FFB-funded researcher adds to the growing proof that macular degeneration can be hereditary. This is the first gene mutation found that is directly tied to age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The discovery of this gene mutation bolsters hope for a
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October 6, 2003

How Visual Acuity Is Measured

Posted in: Eye Conditions

by Wendy Strouse Watt, O.D. October 2003 This information is also available as part of an audiovisual presentation, “All About Eyeglasses”. A standard eye chart is necessary to make comparisons and to record people’s visual acuity. The most common chart used in most doctors’ offices is the Snellen eye chart. In 1862, a Dutch Ophthalmologist,
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September 30, 2003

RDH5 Gene Mutation Can Cause Macular Dystrophy

Posted in: Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts September 2003 Japanese researchers have found that mutations in the RDH5 gene can cause macular dystrophy, fundus albipunctatus, and/or night blindness. Twenty-one patients from nineteen different families with fundus albipunctatus were analyzed. Ten of the patients had macular dystrophy. In eighteen, mutations were found in the RDH5. The patients were tested using
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July 25, 2003

Changes in the Retina Due to Aging

Posted in: Eye Conditions

Originally published July 2003 All layers of the retina age, which can contribute to loss of vision from retinal maculopathy. This is a summary of these processes. For definitions and illustrations of the retinal layers, see Anatomy of the Eye on this web site. For definitions of terms, see the MD Support Glossary. Vitreous gel
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June 9, 2003

Study Demonstrates Essential Role of Zeaxanthin in Eye Health

Posted in: Health and Nutrition, Latest News

Published by permission from RFB Communications Group, Inc. November 11, 2002 (Updated June 9, 2003) Schepens/Harvard study provides direct proof of dietary nutrient’s essential role in protecting the retina from the damaging effects of light. Skip to “Questions and Answers about Zeaxanthin”Research performed at Schepens Eye Research Institute and Department of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School
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June 6, 2003

State Vision Screening and Standards for License to Drive

Posted in: Daily Living

From Summary of Medical Advisory Board Practices-2003. Changes in state requirements may have changed since then. To confirm information found here, we recommend that you contact your state’s licensing agency. Helpful information about driving with low vision: Driving Safely Low Vision Seniors Are Self-Limiting Their Own Driving The Day I Quit Driving Former Driver, Retired
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April 30, 2003

Accutane May Inhibit Progression of Stargardt’s Disease

Posted in: Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts April 2003 Accutane, a prescription drug used to treat acne, has been shown to inhibit the development of lipofuscin deposits in the retinas of rodent models. This is promising news for people with Stargardt’s disease. The author of the study is Dr. Gabriel Travis, professor of ophthalmology and biological chemistry at the
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