Gene therapy treatment for AMD in clinical trials

Phase 1 clinical trials on a new gene therapy to treat age-related macular degeneration are currently underway in multiple locations around the country. Early results from the trials are offering promising results and researchers hope gene therapy for wet macular degeneration will be available within the next 3 to 5 years. This new therapy would […]

New Drug for Dry Macular Degeneration?

A new drug to treat the “dry” form of macular degeneration is currently undergoing clinical trials. Allegro Ophthalmics has reported encouraging results from the phase 2 study of Risuteganib. The small phase 2 study involved 40 patients and was conducted over a 28 week period with participants receiving 2 injections. Half of the patients received […]

New Drug Approved for Wet Macular Degeneration

Novartis Pharmaceuticals announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved it’s new drug, Beovu®, for the treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Beovu® (brolucizumab) recently completed two late-stage clinical trials, which tested the safety and efficacy of the intravitreal injection. Wet AMD is an eye condition which can lead to a […]

Air pollution a factor in macular degeneration

Study results recently published in the Journal of Investigative Medicine point to a link between air pollutants and an increased risk of developing age-related macular degeneration. This is the first study to show a notable association between macular degeneration and high levels of atmospheric pollution. The study was conducted in Taiwan and involved tracking levels […]

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. Spinach, lettuce, cabbage and beetroot all examples of vegetables that are high […]