New drug for Macular Degeneration

Genetech is currently studying a new drug, lampalizumab, to treat age-related macular degeneration. The drug is designed to slow the destruction of light-sensing cells in the retina. When those cells die, they are unable to regenerate, which causes permanent vision loss. 129 patients participated in the 18-month study and received monthly eye injections. The patients […]

Study warns of unregulated clinics

A recent study published in the journal Cell warns of a growing number of unregulated clinics in the United States offering unregulated stem cell treatments. This alarming trend has eye care professionals urging consumers to be on alert. The unregulated clinics are able to skirt FDA oversight all because of a technicality. These clinics take cells […]

Eye care providers not always detecting AMD

A recent study found that many times, primary eye care providers are missing cases of age-related macular degeneration. After reviewing data on 1,288 eyes in patients who received a dilated eye exam and who were not diagnosed with macular degeneration, researchers had retina specialists take another look and macular degeneration was diagnosed in 25 percent […]

#1 Cause of Vision Loss in Adults? Diabetes.

Diabetic retinopathy is the #1 cause of vision loss among working adults between the ages of 20 and 74 in the United States.* Lucentis recently gained FDA approval for monthly treatment of every form of diabetic retinopathy. This marks the first drug that the FDA has approved to treat diabetic retinopathy “with or without diabetic macular […]

Hep C raises risk for cataracts

Study findings published in PLoS One show patients suffering from hepatitis C (HCV) infection have an increased risk of developing cataracts. Researchers from China Medical University Hospital in Tiachung, Taiwan wanted to investigate whether HCV infection was associated with a higher risk of cataract formation. Researchers analyzed database records of 11,652 patients with HCV and […]

Doctors successful retinal stem cell treatment

Doctors successfully transplanted retinal stem cells from a donor to the recipient in the first ever surgery of its type. Previously, doctors had performed a retinal stem cell transplant back in 2014 using that patient’s own skin cells that were reprogrammed. That procedure was considered a success after a year with no decline in the patient’s […]

Alcon lens implant approved for cataract surgery

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved a new replacement lens for cataract patients. The new lens combines treatment for both astigmatism and presbyopia. This allows the patient to depend less on prescription eyewear. The new lens offered by Alcon is the only multi-focal intraocular lens where the central portion is completely dedicated to distance […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]