Gene therapy used to treat AMD

A surgeon at the John Radcliffe Hospital in the UK successfully injected a synthetic gene into a patient’s eye in the hope of stopping the progression of age-related macular degeneration. The patient, Janet Osborne, is the first person to receive the gene therapy in the trial that is being conducted at the John Radcliffe Hospital […]

Oranges reduce AMD risk 60%

Forget an apple a day to keep the doctor away, reach for an orange as a recent study shows that eating an orange a day can reduce your risk of developing late macular degeneration by as much as 60 percent. The flavonoids found in oranges provide a special protection against age-related macular degeneration. Researchers at […]

Blood test to detect Macular Degeneration?

A new blood test is being developed by Australian researchers at The John Curtin School of Medical Research that detects whether a patient is at risk of developing dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Fast and Easy Blood Test for Macular Degeneration? The research team used a light model to study the deterioration of the retina’s […]

Hallucinations associated with Macular Degeneration

Charles Bonnet Syndrome (CBS) is a condition that age-related macular degeneration patients can develop that causes visual hallucinations. It is found in patients who have profound vision loss. Researchers have offered many ideas as to why these hallucinations occur but very few have been tested until recently when researcher, David Painter, tested the theory that […]

Eye calcifications raise AMD risk

Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in collaboration with the Queen’s University Belfast made a breakthrough discovery regarding age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Researchers discovered that calcified nodules in the retina are linked to an increase risk for the progression to advanced AMD. Researchers studied clinical imaging in patients as well as molecular analysis […]

Savoring spinach – Possible sight-saver?

The cartoon character Popeye loved his spinach and spinach may have been more than a muscle builder. A recent study has found that eating leafy greens, such as spinach, which are high in nitrates, could help reduce your risk of developing age-related macular degeneration.┬áSpinach, lettuce, cabbage and beetroot all examples of vegetables that are high […]

Mediterranean Diet Lower Macular Degeneration Risk

People who adhere to the Mediterranean diet (MeDi) are found to have a lower risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD) according to a study published in Ophthalmology. A Mediterranean Diet is one that is rich in fruits, vegetables, legumes and fish. Researchers examined correlations between the incidence of advanced AMD and compliance with the […]

Link between Alzheimer’s and eye disease

A recent study found a compelling link between three major eye diseases and Alzheimer’s. And new research supports the benefits of Lutein and Zeaxanthin for brain health. The study findings were published in the August 8 issue of Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association. The study was conducted by researchers at the […]

Virtual Reality headset helps AMD patients

With the help of a smartphone, the IrisVision Virtual Reality headset is helping patients who suffer from macular degeneration to be able to enjoy daily tasks. Macular degeneration, causes blurred or no vision in the center of the patient’s visual field making it difficult to distinguish faces, drive and read. The person wears a Virtual […]

No More Eye Injections for Wet Macular Degeneration?

Genetech has formulated Lucentis’ active ingredient into a refillable eye implant that delivers the medication continuously into the eyes of wet macular degeneration patients. Known as the Port Delivery System, the implantable drug has shown promising results in the second phase of clinical studies. The Port Delivery System is slightly bigger than a grain of […]