Will eyedrops replace injections for Macular Degeneration?

Researchers at the University of Birmingham have created a new eyedrop that can deliver wet macular degeneration treatment to the back of the eye. Macular degeneration causes damage to the retina at the back of the eye so this is why it is necessary for the medication to be focused on that area rather than […]

Hep C raises risk for cataracts

Study findings published in PLoS One show patients suffering from hepatitis C (HCV) infection have an increased risk of developing cataracts. Researchers from China Medical University Hospital in Tiachung, Taiwan wanted to investigate whether HCV infection was associated with a higher risk of cataract formation. Researchers analyzed database records of 11,652 patients with HCV and […]

Doctors successful retinal stem cell treatment

Doctors successfully transplanted retinal stem cells from a donor to the recipient in the first ever surgery of its type. Previously, doctors had performed a retinal stem cell¬†transplant back in 2014 using that patient’s own skin cells that were reprogrammed. That procedure was considered a success after a year with no decline in the patient’s […]

Alcon lens implant approved for cataract surgery

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved a new replacement lens for cataract patients. The new lens combines treatment for both¬†astigmatism and presbyopia. This allows the patient to depend less on prescription eyewear. The new lens offered by Alcon is the only multi-focal intraocular lens where the central portion is completely dedicated to distance […]

Eye injections increase glaucoma risk

Patients who receive seven or more Intravitreous eye injections of bevacizumab (Avastin) each year are at a higher risk of eventually needing glaucoma surgery according to study results recently published in the JAMA Ophthalmology medical journal. Intravitreous injections are the standard therapy for patients suffering from the wet form of macular degeneration. Researchers examined data […]

Some unproven stem cell treatments can cause blindness

Stem cell therapy is a hot topic in the news and the hope that stem cell therapy provides as a potential treatment for macular degeneration has resulted in clinics across the country providing unproven treatments. Recently, three elderly women underwent an unapproved stem cell therapy at a Florida clinic and within a week of receiving, […]

Steroids for macular degeneration?

It is a known fact that inflammation plays a role in the progression of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), but using steroids to treat AMD has not yet been shown to have any demonstrable effect on the disease. Doctors have tried various anti-inflammatory drugs to try and inhibit the inflammation of AMD with little success. Many […]

Tiny eye implant may help blind people

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have developed a high-resolution retinal prosthesis that uses nanowires and wireless electronics to assist neurons in the retina in responding to light. The device will aid people suffering from eye diseases such as macular degeneration, and retinitis pigmentosa. This new device differs from current retinal prostheses in […]

Testing of drug underway for patients with wet macular degeneration

A new drug that is currently being tested on mice and rabbits requires fewer injections than the current standard intravitreal therapy for age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Researchers are hopeful that injections in humans would have a longer-lasting effect: several months between injections instead of every four to six weeks. The new drug lasted two months […]

Brain-implanted device generates images

The revolutionary retinal prosthesis, the Argus, was developed by Second Sight and works by gathering imagery from a camera that is built into glasses worn by the patient. The imagery is passed to an electrode array that has been implanted into the retina of the patient. These signals from the array travel the optic nerve […]