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 […]

Breakthrough Macular Degeneration research announced

Researchers at the University of California – Berkeley have found a way to treat eye diseases such as macular degeneration by turning ganglion cells into cells that can sense light. Many degenerative eye diseases are caused by photoreceptors that no longer work correctly. This new technique eliminates the need for photoreceptor cells. Using an inactivated […]

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 […]

Researchers testing eye implant for macular degeneration

Researchers are testing a new therapy for treating macular degeneration that utilizes implanting a thin sheet of human embryonic stem cells into the eye. This eye implant would be used to treat patients suffering from the dry form of macular degeneration. University of Southern California researchers grew human embryonic stem cells in a sterile lab […]

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 […]

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 […]

Mediterranean diet deters Macular Degeneration

More research has boosted the findings that a Mediterranean diet can lower the risk of developing macular degeneration. A Mediterranean diet is high in fish, fruit and grains and low in saturated fat and sweeteners. The most recent study involved over 5,000 people from all over Europe with an average age of 73.2 years. The […]

Protein responsible for retinal aging

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have discovered that a protein known as Transmembrane 135 (Tmem135) is responsible for retinal aging. Mutations of Tmem135 causes age-related retinal disease including age-related macular degeneration. Using lab mice that matched similar retinal abnormalities that are found in mice that have early onset of retinal disease, the researchers mapped […]

Be wary if considering stem cell therapy

With stem cell therapy for eye disease being the current trendy news topic, many people are eager to jump the gun and rush into trying it. These therapies are currently being researched and have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration to be safe and effective. Since there are no stem cell therapies […]