Some unproven stem cell treatments can cause blindness

Stem cell therapy is a hot topic in the news and the hope that stem cell therapy provides as a potential treatment for macular degeneration has resulted in clinics across the country providing unproven treatments. Recently, three elderly women underwent an unapproved stem cell therapy at a Florida clinic and within a week of receiving, […]

Steroids for macular degeneration?

It is a known fact that inflammation plays a role in the progression of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), but using steroids to treat AMD has not yet been shown to have any demonstrable effect on the disease. Doctors have tried various anti-inflammatory drugs to try and inhibit the inflammation of AMD with little success. Many […]

Tiny eye implant may help blind people

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have developed a high-resolution retinal prosthesis that uses nanowires and wireless electronics to assist neurons in the retina in responding to light. The device will aid people suffering from eye diseases such as macular degeneration, and retinitis pigmentosa. This new device differs from current retinal prostheses in […]

App allows users to ‘see’ retinal disease

A new virtual and augmented reality app called “In My Eyes” allows users to experience what it is like to have different kinds of retinal disease. Regeneron Pharmaceuticals teamed with Intouch Solutions to create the app. Available for free download in the iTunes and Google app stores, the app can be used with or without […]

Blue-Blocking Computer Glasses – All Hype?

The hot topic these days is the dangers of blue light and companies are starting to jump on the blue-blocking bandwagon by offering glasses to “help” counter the effects of blue light on vision. But experts say, “not so fast” and urge consumers to check out the facts. The first thing to consider is that […]

Americans’ Greatest Health Fear? Going Blind

A study conducted by the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine found that most Americans deem loss of vision as the worst thing that could happen to them even when compared to memory loss, loss of speech, hearing or loss of limb or having HIV/AIDS. Despite the fact that most Americans […]

Childhood cataracts can be diagnosed with artificial intelligence

Chinese researchers developed a new artificial-intelligence system that can diagnose a rare eye condition known as congenital cataracts. The new system is called the CC-Cruiser and is designed to mimic the way the brain handles vision. The CC-Cruiser is designed to scan images of eyes to diagnose congenital cataracts, which cloud the lens of a […]

Low LDL Cholesterol may Increase Cataract Risk

Researchers at the University of Iowa recently discovered that patients taking alirocumab (Praluent®) for high cholesterol could possibly see their risk of developing cataracts increase if their LDL-C levels dropped too low. Researchers were testing the safety of alirocumab when they noticed the possible link. Researchers only observed the higher incidence of cataracts in patients […]

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 […]