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March 23, 2003

Macular Hole, Epiretinal Membranes, and Macular Pucker Have Similar Origins

Posted in: Eye Conditions

by Wendy Strouse Watt, O.D. March 2003 The vitreous is the fluid in front of the retina. It keeps the eye round. When we are children, it has the consistency of egg white. As we get older, it gets thicker, like clear gelatin. As it gets thicker, it degenerates and pulls off in strings, creating
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January 20, 2003

Microcurrent Stimulation Testimonial “Blown Out Of Proportion”

Posted in: Latest News, Therapies, Treatments, and Procedures

According to son, Sam Snead’s vision did not benefit from the controversial therapy by Dan Roberts Originally published, January 20, 2003 Microcurrent stimulation (MCS) therapy “didn’t work for my father,” said Sam Snead, Jr., son of the late champion golfer. Sam Snead, Sr., who passed away last year at the age of 89, underwent MCS
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January 20, 2003

Microcurrent Stimulation Therapy

Posted in: Therapies, Treatments, and Procedures

by Dan Roberts originally published January 20, 2003 MCS is a form of electrical acupuncture involving microcurrent stimulation applied at points around the eyes and elsewhere on the body. Expectations are that the stimulation will boost the cells’ ability to rid themselves of waste products and raise the levels of nourishment and oxygenation by increasing
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October 23, 2002

Types of Juvenile Macular Degeneration

Posted in: Eye Conditions

by Dan Roberts October 2002 Several types of macular degeneration affecting children, teenagers, or adults are commonly known as early onset or juvenile MD. Many of these types are hereditary and are looked upon as macular dystrophies instead of degeneration. “Degeneration” is the term used for descriptions of the diseases of age related macular degeneration,
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October 23, 2002

Retinal Detachment

Posted in: Eye Conditions

by Dan Roberts October 2002 The retina is attached to the sclera in the back of the eye, and a retinal detachment occurs when it is pulled away from this normal position. The retina, like film in a camera, is responsible for creating the images that one sees. A good picture could not be produced
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August 15, 2002

New Retinal Vessels Formed From Stem Cells

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts August, 2002 Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have succeeded in forming new retinal blood vessels in mice with ocular disease. The process uses “pluripotent” adult stem cells, which are derived from bone marrow and injected into the vitreous of the eyeball. When in place, these cells develop into endothelial cells
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August 15, 2002

New MD Gene Discovered

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts August, 2002 Researchers at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center have discovered a genetic link to a form of macular degeneration. In an article published in August 2002 in Genome (“X-Linked Recessive Atrophic Macular Degeneration from RPGR Mutation,” pp. 166-171, doi:10.1006/geno.2002.6815, Radha Ayyagari, et al) the gene RPGR (associated until now
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August 7, 2002

Study Shows That Vitamin E Does Not Prevent Macular Degeneration

Posted in: Health and Nutrition, Latest News

by Dan Roberts August, 2002 Until recently, some doctors have thought that megadoses of Vitamin E might help prevent macular degeneration. This opinion was bolstered by the National Eye Institute study and the resulting AREDS report on the benefits of high doses of antioxidants and zinc, which included Vitamin E. New research has concluded, however,
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July 25, 2002

Fluorescein Angiogram

Posted in: Therapies, Treatments, and Procedures

by Wendy Strouse Watt, O.D. Originally published July 2002 What is Fluorescein Angiography? Fluorescein angiography is a test which allows the blood vessels in the back of the eye to be photographed as a fluorescent dye is injected into the bloodstream via your hand or arm. It is particularly useful in the management of diabetic
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April 21, 2002

Carbon Dioxide May Improve Vision in AMD Patients

Posted in: Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts April 2002 AMD patients are benefitting from a new combination drug therapy being tested at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSC). The therapy involves a combination of medicines which includes carbon dioxide, an element which dilates the blood vessels in the retina for the maintenance of proper
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April 15, 2002

Email Discussion Groups May Improve Health

Posted in: Daily Living, Health and Nutrition, Latest News

by Dan Roberts April 2002 Researchers have shown that participation in an email discussion group may improve health status and lower health care utilization for persons with recurrent back pain. This is the first study of its kind which looked at Internet support in connection with health improvement, and it is this writer’s belief that
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April 6, 2002

What to Expect From a Low Vision Specialist

Posted in: Daily Living, Low Vision Rehabilitation

by Judy Prevost April 2002 Definition of Low Vision Low vision is defined as an impairment of sight which cannot be adequately corrected with pharmaceutical or surgical interventions, conventional prescription eyewear, or contact lenses. The patient usually presents with a loss of visual field, loss of light sensitivity, distortion, loss of color vision, or loss
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January 6, 2002

Stargardt’s Patients Need Special Light Protection

Posted in: Daily Living, Health and Nutrition

by Robert Hammer, B. Optom. January 2002 The gene for Stargardt’s disease has been identified (Allikmet et al.’97 Nat. Gen. 15:236-246). The faulty gene fails to code for a protein which is present in rod outer segments only (has not been found in cones, pigment epithelium or anywhere else in the body). This protein was
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November 21, 2001

Cells From The Iris May Replace Retinal Photoreceptors

Posted in: Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts November 2001 An online publication of the December 2001 publication of Nature Neuroscience has reported that, with genetic manipulation, cells from the iris may be able to replace photoreceptor cells in the retina. In recent experiments, Dr. Masatoshi Haruta of Kyoto University and colleagues took iris cells from rat eyes, then introduced
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November 15, 2001

U-M Scientist Finds Clues in the Development of Light-Sensitive Eye Cells

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

by Betsy Nisbet November 2001 ANN ARBOR, MI – A paper published electronically by Nature Genetics offers important new insights into the development and differentiation of rod and cone photoreceptors, the light-sensitive cells in the eye’s retina that initiate vision and are essential for clear sight. A team led by Anand Swaroop, Ph.D., professor of
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