Reticular drusen 4x more likely to develop wet macular degeneration

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  University of Sydney researchers have discovered a link between reticular drusen and the progression of macular degeneration. Patients in the study that had reticular drusen were four times more likely to go on to develop the wet form of macular degeneration than those who did not have reticular drusen. Patients who increased their dietary […]

Could blood pressure meds raise risk of developing AMD?

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A recent, long-term study points to a possible link between vasodilators and beta blockers and the development of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Researchers at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine conducted a 25-year study, which included t 5,000 adults who were between the ages of 43 and 86. Eye exams were conducted every 5 […]

FDA approves device to monitor AMD at home

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The FDA has given its approval to the ForeseeHome home monitoring system that will allow patients to keep track of the progression of their AMD at home. Daily monitoring can play an important role in determining if the macular degeneration has advanced from the dry form of AMD to the more serious wet form, which […]

Single shot gene therapy could benefit wet AMD patients

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Researchers at the Lions Eye Institute in Perth, Western Australia have created a new gene therapy that could potentially replace invasive monthly injections, which are the current method of treating the wet form of macular degeneration. A single injection carries a benign, modified virus which has a gene that creates a supply of a protein […]

IL-18 component offers hope for Macular Degeneration

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The online journal, Science of Translational Medicine, details the breakthrough discovery of a component of the immune system known as IL-18 that may hold the key to treating macular degeneration. Researchers at Trinity College in Dublin discovered that IL-18 acts as a “guardian of eyesight” by suppressing the production of damaging blood vessels behind the […]

Anti-VEGF eye injections could be replaced by eyedrops

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Patients suffering from the wet form of macular degeneration may soon be able to say goodbye to unpleasant injections and hello to eye drops as treatment for the disease. Recent research points to eye drops that are safe and effective in treating wet macular degeneration. Anti-VEGF injections are the current method of treatment because the […]

Anti-VEGF Therapy Reducing Severe Vision Loss in AMD

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Only introduced as a treatment for wet macular degeneration ten short years ago, Anti-VEGF injections are making a positive difference in the number of Americans going blind and moving to nursing homes. The wet form of macular degeneration advances more quickly than the dry form and previous treatments were not very effective in stopping the […]

Revolutionary 3-D retinal imaging technology developed by MIT

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A revolutionary hand-held scanner developed by researchers at MIT scans the entire retina in just seconds using 3-D imaging technology. The practical, hand-held scanner will enable even primary care providers to detect a number of blinding eye diseases such as macular degeneration, and glaucoma in their earliest stages. Using 3-D imaging and movement-correction, this new […]

Home monitoring device beneficial for wet AMD patients

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Patients who suffer from the advanced form of age-related macular degeneration benefit from utilizing the ForeseeHome monitoring device to help preserve their visual acuity. The National Eye Institute led the AREDS2 HOME Study to determine the value of using the ForeseeHome monitoring device compared with standard care alone for the detection of the progression of […]

Possible topical treatment being tested for macular degeneration

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A study conducted at Tufts University School of Medicine was recently published in PLOS ONE and details the findings of the research team’s successful use of a topical compound that inhibits the symptoms associated with dry and wet macular degeneration. Researchers used a compound called PPADS in its topical form. PPADS words by preventing the […]