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November 16, 2015

Lucentis effective for proliferative diabetic retinopathy

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

NIH-funded clinical trial marks first major advance in therapy in 40 years A clinical trial funded by the National Institutes of Health has found that the drug ranibizumab (Lucentis) is highly effective in treating proliferative diabetic retinopathy. The trial, conducted by the Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network (DRCR.net) compared Lucentis with a type of laser
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November 7, 2015

Medicare Covers Annual Eye Exams for Diabetics

Posted in: Latest News

November is American Diabetes Month. To prevent diabetes-related vision loss, the American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends people with diabetes get a dilated eye exam each year.   One in four Americans age 65 or older has diabetes, putting them at increased risk for vision loss and blindness. Fortunately, diabetes-related vision loss is largely preventable with
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October 31, 2015

LowViz Guide Completes Successful Pilot Program

Posted in: Latest News

New indoor navigation app available free for low vision conventions. LowViz Guide, an indoor navigation app for the visually impaired, was tested this past summer by Macular Degeneration Support (MD Support) at six national and state conventions around the U.S. The purpose of the ambitious pilot project was to test the operation of, and public response
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October 27, 2015

RXI-109 May Reduce Retinal Scarring

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

New drug silences connective tissue growth factor (CTGF), which plays a key role in tissue regeneration and repair. by Dan Roberts One of the most serious causes of vision loss is development of scar tissue on, in, or under the retina. People can develop retinal scarring from severe myopia, ocular histoplasmosis syndrome, and wet age-related
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September 28, 2015

Wet AMD and DME Patients Sought For New Study

Posted in: Latest News

PIVOT Study: Patient-centric Innovative Vision Home Testing Patients are being sought to participate in a unique study to gauge the feasibility of a home-monitoring system. The PIVOT study is a clinical study to determine if patients with diabetic macular edema (DME) or wet age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD) can use a mobile medical application (mVT™) on a smart phone (Apple iPhone®) or
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September 27, 2015

Retinitis Pigmentosa

Posted in: Eye Conditions

by David Twigg (freelance writer, Sheffield, England) (Reprinted here with permission from https://www.edel-optics.co.uk/Retinitis-Pigmentosa.html) Retinitis Pigmentosa covers a group of eye conditions affecting the retina, leading to sight problems and loss of vision. It is one of the conditions falling under the heading of Rod-Cone Dystrophy, genetic conditions in which the rod and cone cells in the eye deteriorate
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September 16, 2015

Diet, exercise, smoking habits, and genes interact to affect AMD risk

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

NIH-funded study points to converging factors that drive disease-related inflammation People with a genetic predisposition for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) significantly increased their odds of developing the blinding eye disorder if they had a history of heavy smoking and consistently did not exercise or eat enough fruits and vegetables, according to an observational study of
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September 16, 2015

New App for AMD Patients

Posted in: Latest News

  Prevent Blindness, the nation’s oldest volunteer eye health and safety organization, has launched a new resource, “GuideMe,” designed for those who have been diagnosed with Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD). AMD affects more than 2 million Americans ages 50 and older.  And, according to the recent Prevent Blindness “Future of Vision: Forecasting the Prevalence and
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September 8, 2015

Ocata’s Stem Cell Trials Entering Phase 2

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

Results from First Cohort Expected in the Second Quarter of 2016 Acucela (formerly Ocata) has announced that the first patient has been enrolled in the company’s Phase 2 clinical trial using Ocata’s proprietary RPE cells in patients with atrophic (dry) age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The purpose of the trial is to evaluate safety and explore efficacy as compared
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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

Posted in: Latest News

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

Posted in: Latest News

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

Posted in: Latest News

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

Posted in: Latest News

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

Posted in: Latest News

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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