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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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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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