Testing of drug underway for patients with wet macular degeneration

A new drug that is currently being tested on mice and rabbits requires fewer injections than the current standard intravitreal therapy for age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Researchers are hopeful that injections in humans would have a longer-lasting effect: several months between injections instead of every four to six weeks. The new drug lasted two months […]

Brain-implanted device generates images

The revolutionary retinal prosthesis, the Argus, was developed by Second Sight and works by gathering imagery from a camera that is built into glasses worn by the patient. The imagery is passed to an electrode array that has been implanted into the retina of the patient. These signals from the array travel the optic nerve […]

Successful use of surgical robot in eye surgery

A patient at the University Hospitals Leuven was the first to be operated on using a surgical robot. The robot used a needle of barely .03 mm to inject a drug into the retinal vein of the patient who suffers from retinal vein occlusion. Researchers are currently studying a procedure known as retinal vein cannulation […]

Lutein Preserves Intelligence

Our ability to use what we’ve learned over our lifetime is known as crystallized intelligence and researchers have found a link to better preserving our crystallized intelligence and higher serum levels of lutein. Study findings were recently reported in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience. The study included 76 men and women between the ages of 65 […]

Price of food affects perception of its health benefits

A recent study found that the price of food affects consumers’ perceptions of what is healthy. According to study results, people tend to believe that in order for food to be healthy that it must be more expensive. Researchers were looking to examine the lay theory that we have to pay more in order to […]

Mediterranean diet deters Macular Degeneration

More research has boosted the findings that a Mediterranean diet can lower the risk of developing macular degeneration. A Mediterranean diet is high in fish, fruit and grains and low in saturated fat and sweeteners. The most recent study involved over 5,000 people from all over Europe with an average age of 73.2 years. The […]

Macular Degeneration may Start in Gut

Researchers at the University of Montreal examined how bacterial flora in the intestinal tract may influence the risk of developing the wet (neovascular) form of macular degeneration. Wet AMD is characterize by the formation and leakage of new and weak blood vessels in the eye. Obesity is one of the five most common factors related […]

Silkworm cocoons may aid Macular Degeneration

Silkworm cocoons are the subject of research at Brisbane’s Queensland Eye Institute. Researchers are making fibroid cells using the cocoons and are looking to implant the fibroid cells into the eye. It is the goal of researchers to improve upon the current treatment for the wet form of macular degeneration, which involves injections into the […]

Macular carotenoids great for eyes

A recent study found that macular carotenoids increase macular pigment optical density (MPOD), and improve photo stress recovery and glare performance. Lutein and zeaxanthin and meso-zeaxanthin are considered to be macular carotenoids. The double-blind study involved 59 participants with a mean age of 21.7 and was conducted over a period of 12 months. Participants took […]

Protein responsible for retinal aging

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have discovered that a protein known as Transmembrane 135 (Tmem135) is responsible for retinal aging. Mutations of Tmem135 causes age-related retinal disease including age-related macular degeneration. Using lab mice that matched similar retinal abnormalities that are found in mice that have early onset of retinal disease, the researchers mapped […]