Stem cells may hold the key to curing wet AMD

The Moorfields Eye Hospital in London is currently conducting a clinical trial to test the safety and efficacy of treating people suffering from wet macular degeneration with transplanting retinal pigment epithelial cells derived from stem cells. The trial follows the successful operation involving a 60-year-old woman who received the stem cell treatment. Using embryonic stem cells that […]

Lanosterol drops: A possible cataract treatment?

The current treatment for cataract is either invasive surgery or expensive laser therapy to remove them. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, have discovered that lanosterol may provide a new and improved form of treatment for cataracts, which affect more than 24 million Americans. The journal Nature published the study details which involved […]

July is Senior Independence Month

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 […]