New treatment for uveitis

A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine details the findings that the arthritis medication, adalimumab, can effectively treat uveitis. Researchers were looking to determine what effect adalimumab has on patients with uveitis. Adalimumab is a steroid-free, injection that has few side effects and is used to treat rheumatic diseases. 217 adults […]

Mediterranean diet lessens AMD risk

The Mediterranean diet has long been lauded for its confirmed health benefits and now offering protection against age-related macular degeneration can be added to its list of benefits. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, fish and limited red meat and butter are the hallmarks of the Mediterranean diet. The University of Coimbra in Portugal launched […]

Delayed dark adaptation could be precursor to macular degeneration

A study published in Ophthalmology points to a link between slowed rod-mediated dark adaptation and a higher incidence of age-related macular degeneration in adults who otherwise have a healthy macula. The results of this study indicate that a patient’s delayed dark adaptation could be the very first sign of macular degeneration. The study involved 325 participants […]

Omnifocals the lenses of the future?

Israeli company Deep Optics is revolutionizing the eyeglasses industry with their patent-pending omnifocals. These liquid crystal lenses have the ability to change their optical power in real time unlike current multifocal eyeglasses. This enables the wearer to look in any direction without limiting the field of view or diminishing clarity. These technologically advanced lenses are […]

Eylea effective for Diabetic Retinopathy

A two-year clinical trial has found that diabetic patients suffering from severe vision loss from diabetic macular edema benefit the most from receiving treatment with Eylea versus Avastin or Lucentis. Eylea was just approved for use by the FDA for treating diabetic macular edema patients last year. The study was conducted by the National Institutes […]

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 […]