Which medication is best for wet macular degeneration?

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine researchers studied the ocular as well as systemic effects that three anti-VEGF therapies had on patients. Pegatanib, ranibizumab and bevacizumab were all compared to patients who received no anti-VEGF treatments Researchers evaluated specific studies from databases and focused on 16 randomized controlled trials that had a total of 6347 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Eat an orange a day to keep the AMD away

Oranges are the latest fruit to win accolades for their potential health benefits. The latest study was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Researchers at the Westmead Institute for Medical Research were examining the effect flavonoids had on age-related macular degeneration (AMD). More than 2,000 Australian adults aged 50 and over were interviewed […]

Immune cells in retina play a role in vision loss

Australian researchers discovered that a mutation in immune cells (microglia) that exist in the retina prevent cones from developing properly. This discovery is the first time immune cells have been found to play a critical role in the development of cones and gives researchers a better understanding of macular degeneration and other genetic eye diseases. […]