Stem cell reservoir found in the human eye

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Researchers at the University of Southhampton have discovered stem cells in the human eye that can be changed into photo-receptor cells which may then be implanted into damaged eyes and reverse blindness. These potentially sight-saving cells were discovered in an area of the eye known as the corneal limbus. This discovery will hopefully lead to […]

Loss of anti-aging gene may play role in development of AMD

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A study published in The Journal of Neuroscience details the findings of Georgetown University Medical Center researchers, which revealed that the loss of an anti-aging gene results in retinal degeneration in mice and might be a contributing factor in the development of age-related macular degeneration. Klotho is the aging-supressor gene and it plays a critical […]

Diagnosing retinitis pigmentosa just became easier

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A team of researchers have discovered a key marker in blood and urine that identifies people who carry the DHDDS genetic mutation that is one of the genetic causes of retinitis pigmentosa. This breakthrough discovery means it will be much easier to test children for the disease which affects almost 1 in 4,000 people in […]

Prioritize Your Eyes: May is Healthy Vision Month!

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The National Eye Institute urges all Americans to prioritize their eye health during May as part of Healthy Vision Month. The most effective way to take care of your eyes is to have a comprehensive dilated eye exam. A dilated eye exam allows your eye care professional to detect vision problems as well as eye […]

Bionic eye exceeds expectations

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The results from the latest study conducted by the makers of the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System show that the implant works better than previously thought. The 21 blind patients who participated in the study were able to locate an identify objects and people and some were even able to read when implanted with the […]

Vitreomacular traction treatment now approved for use in Europe

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Jetrea, an intravitreal injection therapy which was previously approved by the FDA last October, has now gained approval for use in Europe. Jetrea is the only approved drug therapy used to treat vitreomacular traction (VMT). Vitreomacular traction causes holes in the macula, which then leads to irreversible vision loss. The macula is responsible for central […]

FDA approves Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System

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Some patients suffering from retinitis pigmentosa will benefit from the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System. It is the first treatment for the inherited eye disorder and will be available for patients who are 25 years and older who have the advanced form of the disease. Retinitis pigmentosa causes […]

Increasing vision problems, mostly due to Diabetes rates

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There is a growing number of vision problems that can’t be corrected with eyeglasses and this number seems to have a correlation with the increasing rates of diabetes. A study reveals that among Americans age 20 and older, there has been an increase in nonrefractive visual impairment. The number increased from 1.4 percent between 1999 […]

Avantis and Lucentis eye injections shown NOT to raise stroke risk

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Avastin and Lucentis continue to be in the spotlight as researchers continue to study the safety of the drugs. A recent study conducted by researchers in Ontario finds that the drugs, when used to treat AMD, do not increase the risk of heart attack or stroke. Previously, the drugs have been found to increase the […]

Pigs may hold the key to curing Retinitis Pigmentosa

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The potential for developing a new treatment or cure for retinitis pigmentosa may be found through studying genetically modified pigs. Retinitis pigmentosa is the most common inherited retinal disease in the United States and affects about 1 in 4000 Americans. Previously, rodents were used in studies but their eyes lack some vital retinal structures and […]