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September 4, 2015

Long-term Treatment for Wet AMD Enters Phase 2 Trials

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

Neurotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has announced that they have enrolled the first patient in their multicenter Phase 2 clinical trial of NT-503 Encapsulated Cell Therapy (ECT) for the long-term treatment of wet macular degeneration (AMD). NT-503 is a unique vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) receptor protein continuously produced by Neurotech’s versatile ECT implant. “This landmark proof-of-concept
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August 26, 2015

New Book On Eye Nutrition Answers Common Questions

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Leading nutrition expert Jeffrey Anshel, OD, FAAO, has just published a new book titled “What You Must Know about Food and Supplements for Optimal Vision Care.” It is a practical guide to diets, supplements and lifestyles for peak ocular health, with excellent information about how to integrate supplements with mainstream medical treatments whenever appropriate. Dr.
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August 20, 2015

The Real Story

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Editorial by Dan Roberts An August 13 news release from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania announced results from their recent study of the safety of Avastin (bevacizumab). The study was intended to address the FDA’s restriction of ophthalmic use of Avastin to a five-day period following the repackaging of the
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August 14, 2015

Preventative Eye Care Should Be At The Political Forefront

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Guest Editorial by Ellen Troyer, MT, MA CEO, Biosyntrx The Affordable Care Act (ACA) doesn’t pay for Medicare and Medicaid routine eye exams for disease prevention but it does cover diagnosed disease identified in self-pay routine eye exams. This leaves an ever-growing segment of the adult US population with limited access to eye care professionals,
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August 11, 2015

Driving Still Possible For Some With Low Vision

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Low vision doesn’t have to mean losing the privilege of driving a car. That’s the position of the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists (IALVS), an organization committed to helping people realize there is “life after vision loss.” As part of fulfilling that mission, IALVS provides information on Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) vision requirements in all 50 states,
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August 4, 2015

ACB Radio Features MD Support and LowViz Guide

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This week’s “Speaking Out for the Blind”, a program of ACB Radio Mainstream, features MD Support and the organization’s newest outreach effort, LowViz Guide. The interview with Dan Roberts is scheduled for Wednesday, August 5th at 10:30PM Eastern/7:30PM Pacific. Roberts will talk about how his organization helps people affected by blindness and low vision. He’ll
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August 4, 2015

Top 10 Misconceptions About Blindness

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Pop quiz from Orcam . . . You’re at a dinner party and your host introduces you to one of the other guests in attendance. The other guest is holding a white cane and wearing sunglasses so you come to the conclusion that they are blind. What do you do? A. Begin conversing with the
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July 28, 2015

When News is Slow

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Editorial by Dan Roberts Someone once said, “No news is good news.” And, as I tend to do with most bromides, I probably nodded sagaciously in agreement. But wait . . . What if I’m waiting for news of my lost cat? Or the end of a storm? Or of a ground breaking discovery? Is
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July 19, 2015

Trash-Collecting Cells May Accelerate Retinitis Pigmentosa

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

NIH research points to microglia as potential therapeutic target in retinitis pigmentosa Spider-like cells inside the brain, spinal cord and eye hunt for invaders, capturing and then devouring them. These cells, called microglia, often play a beneficial role by helping to clear trash and protect the central nervous system against infection. But a new study
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June 24, 2015

Orcam Now Available in the U.S.

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In November 2013, an article appeared here about OrCam, a camera-based system which allows the visually impaired to both read and identify objects with a point of a finger. The device is a small camera connected by a thin cable to a portable computer in the wearer’s pocket. The system clips on to the wearer’s
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June 19, 2015

Cheaper Substitute for Lucentis Developed in India

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Intas Pharmaceuticals, a company based in India, has launched RAZUMAB™, an anti-VEGF drug that is “biosimilar” to Lucentis. This means that RAZUMAB has a synthesized chemical structure that can substitute for, but not duplicate, Lucentis. To make biosimilarity possible, scientists must show that the new product is highly similar and have no significant differences from
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June 19, 2015

New Device Helps Blind People See With Their Tongues

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The Food and Drug Administration has announced marketing approval of a new device that can help orient people who are blind by helping them process visual images with their tongues. The BrainPort V100 is a battery-powered device that includes a video camera mounted on a pair of glasses and a small, flat intra-oral device containing
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June 3, 2015

ACB Radio Features News About LowViz Guide

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This coming Friday, June 5, ACB Radio will bring latest news from the world of technology. David Tanner and the production team will feature a vast variety of demonstrations and interviews, including a discussion with Dan Roberts, creator of the new indoor wayfinding app, LowViz Guide. The show begins at 9:00 PM (EDT). ACB Radio
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May 27, 2015

New Free Apps Are Making Life Easier

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MD Support recently launched LowViz Guide, a free indoor way-finding app for attendees at low vision conferences. And now, Novartis Pharmaceuticals has announced development of two apps that will make perfect partners. In collaboration with AMD Alliance International, the company has developed two free applications called ViaOpta Navigator and ViaOpta Daily. ViaOpta Navigator is a
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May 20, 2015

Summary of Research and Development – 2015

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by Dan Roberts (Also available in audiovisual format) INTRODUCTION This is my 10th annual summary of leading research and developments that have occurred during the past 12 months in the field of blindness and low vision. For more details about any of the reports, sources are provided. Many studies and clinical trials are moving ever
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