UK Teaching hospitals using new wet AMD treatment


Some wet AMD patients in the United Kingdom are now receiving a new, non-invasive treatment for their disease. The new treatment known as Oraya Therapy™ is being used by eye specialists at the Sheffield’s Royal Hallamshire Hospital. This new therapy is painless and delivers highly targeted, low-energy X-rays to the eye. The amount of radiation […]

Hepatic Lipase Gene may reduce risk of Macular Degeneration


Researchers reviewed data from 10 case-control studies that included advanced AMD  (choroidal neovascularization or geographic atrophy)  patients that had undergone genotyping. They were looking for a relationship between the LIPC variant and advanced AMD. The results were published in the online JAMA Ophthalmology on July 10. What this review revealed is that the risk of […]

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?


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 […]