July is Senior Independence Month

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July is just around the corner and it is the month for celebrating not only our nation’s independence but it is also Senior Independence Month. With one in six adults aged 65 or older suffering from a vision impairment that cannot be fixed with corrective lenses, the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)  is offering suggestions […]

Stem Cell Therapy of Macular Degeneration May Improve Vision

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The results of a small study that involved the use of human embryonic stem cell (hESC)-derived retinal support cells offer hope for a future treatment of macular degeneration. Researchers in Korea injected the hESCs into the eyes of four men with macular degeneration. The goal of the study was not to improve the vision of […]

Dame Judi Dench doesn’t focus on the negatives of macular degeneration

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Legendary actress Dame Judi Dench doesn’t choose to focus on the negatives of having macular degeneration. While the actress’ sight has been diminishing as a result of the disease, she doesn’t let that stop her from doing what she wants to do. One of Judi’s greatest passions is painting and when the macular degeneration began […]

Positive results for early macular degeneration with laser therapy

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University of Melbourne researchers published the results of their latest study in The FASEB Journal. This study evaluated the effectiveness of the new nanosecond laser in treating patients with early age-related macular degeneration. This revolutionary laser is low-impact and low-energy. What researchers found is that unlike current laser therapies,  the nanosecond laser does not damage […]

Preserving your vision as you age

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A majority of adults believe that eventually losing their vision as they age is inevitable and that there is nothing that can be done to prevent that from happening. There are many factors associated with various eye conditions that cause vision loss and while something like genetic predisposition cannot be altered, there are things that […]

Taking a “Peek” at the retina with new device

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A new device called the Portable Eye Examination Kit (PEEK) Retina is being developed by Peek Vision and it will connect to smartphones and allow doctors to perform complete and affordable eye exams. The Peek Retina works by clipping onto a smartphone camera and they physician is then able to examine the retina. High-quality images […]

Researchers rejoice over revolutionary retinal transplant

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A Japanese woman suffering from macular degeneration was the recipient of a successful retinal transplant using her own stem cells. Using skin cells scraped from the woman’s arm, doctor’s grew the replacement retina in a petri dish. The success of this surgery demonstrates the ability of creating genetically identical replacement tissue from a patient’s own […]

Let’s Make Eye Contact: The Cereal Connection

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Researchers at Cornell University wanted to determine what role the eye contact of spokes characters on both adult and children’s cereal boxes played in the consumer’s decision. The results were intriguing and may point to why some brands have experienced greater longevity than other brands. Two studies were conducted. In the first study, the eye […]

Smartphone use – not so smart at night

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The use of smartphones and other personal electronic devices such as tablets has grown tremendously over the last ten years and the consequences of using these devices at night are now being seen. The blue light that these devices emit not only interferes with our sleep cycles but it also causes damage to our vision. […]

Macular Degeneration can affect those under 50

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Age-related macular degeneration is commonly thought of as a disease that strikes those 50 years and older but a recent study shows that the condition can affect the 35 to 44 age group as well. The Gutenberg Health Study was conducted to identify the age- and gender-specific incidence of macular degeneration. Researchers evaluated the vascular […]