Vision loss reversed with new stem cell therapy

A Phase 1 Clinical study of an experimental stem cell treatment for the web form of macular degeneration has resulted in two people having their vision loss reversed and their vision improving to being able to read with reading glasses. The study was published in Nature Biotechnology. Doctors used a surgical tool specifically designed for […]

Sex hormones affect eyes

A study published online in the Journal of Cellular Physiology suggests that fluctuations in sex steroid homeostatis may have a direct impact on eye physiology and on eye diseases such as age-related macular degeneration. Researchers from Temple University’s Sbarro Institute were looking to determine whether male gender can be considered a risk factor in developing age-related […]

Study compares Lucentis regimens for wet AMD

The treat-and-extend (TE) protocol of Lucentis (ranibizumab) is just as effective as a monthly regimen of ranibizumab when looking at increasing visual acuity in patients with neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The 12-month study was conducted in Portugal and led by Rufino Silvia, MD, PhD and involved 650 wet AMD patients aged 50 and older. […]

Fruit fly eyes helpful in understanding human blindness

Scientists have long understood that blue light will make fruit flies go blind but had been unable to determine why. A recent Purdue University study revealed how blue light kills cells in the eyes of the fruit fly and opens up the possibility of further understanding human eye diseases such as macular degeneration. Researchers compared […]

Effects of blue light exposure reduced with lutein and zeaxanthin

Benefits of lutein and zeaxanthin supplementation on blue-absorbing macular pigment, sleep quality and visual performance The results of the study were published in Foods. The macular carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin isomers, are known as high-energy blue light filters. Blue light penetrates deep into the eye and can cause the formation of free radicals. In the […]

Broccoli design offers clue to improve retinal implants

Researchers at the University of Oregon are currently exploring the possibility that retinal implants with a fractal design might provide the first viable therapy in treating people who have lost vision due to retinal diseases. Implants that are currently being used have not demonstrated the kind of vision restoration that doctors and patients were looking […]

New drug for Macular Degeneration

Genetech is currently studying a new drug, lampalizumab, to treat age-related macular degeneration. The drug is designed to slow the destruction of light-sensing cells in the retina. When those cells die, they are unable to regenerate, which causes permanent vision loss. 129 patients participated in the 18-month study and received monthly eye injections. The patients […]

Lutein levels in the eye linked to higher achievement in children

Two recent studies demonstrated that children who do better in school have higher lutein levels in the eye. Even after taking in consideration other factors including IQ, gender, body composition and physical fitness, children that had higher lutein levels did better on cognition tests and performed better academically. In the first study, researchers measured lutein […]

Optometrists more likely than ophthalmologists to recommend eye supplements

A recent study was conducted among Swedish optometrists and ophthalmologists that examined use of nutritional supplements, dietary advice, smoking and eye diseases and strength of evidence and the sources of information used for supplement recommendations. Optometrists responded at a much higher rate to the questionnaire used in the study at a rate of 40.3% compared […]

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 […]