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 […]

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 […]

Women are #1 in Vision Problems

When it comes to problems with eyes and vision, more women than men are affected and the reason for this disparity is unknown. Worldwide statistics indicate that women account for two-thirds of the visually impaired or blind. In the United States, almost 2.7 million women over the age of 40 have low vision or are […]

“Zoom” contact lens being developed to aid patients with AMD

While it won’t provide people with Superman’s x-ray vision, a contact lens is being developed that has a built-in zoom that would restore vision to people with macular degeneration. This contact lens is only slightly larger than a regular contact lens but it has the ability to shift from normal vision to zoom vision using […]

Laser therapy trial for AMD underway in the Land Down Under

The Centre for Eye Research Australia is currently conducting a laser therapy trial to test the effectiveness of a nanosecond laser in slowing down the progression of age-related macular degeneration. There are 50 study participants so far and the Center is looking to recruit up to 250 more. The specially designed laser delivers energy in […]

Get your groove on: Exercise is good for your eyes!

Yet another reason to get off the couch and get moving: exercise is good for the eyes. According to a recent study conducted at the University of Wisconsin, regular exercise can reduce the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration. The research begin in 1988 and included almost 4,000 men and women between the ages of […]

Digital eye strain a problem for 70% of U.S. adults

With the increased use of digital devices such as smartphones and tablets among adults, eye care professionals are also seeing a rise in digital eye strain. A study conducted by The Vision Council revealed that more than one-third of adults in the U.S. spend four to six hours a day on electronic devices and fourteen […]

Irish eyes may not be smiling at AMD study results

A study conducted at the Trinity College Dublin and the Mark Cahill of the Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital revealed that Irish people are more genetically predisposed to developing age-related macular degneration (AMD) than other Caucasian populations. Researchers evaluated blood samples from more than 200 patients with AMD and compared them with samples from […]

Alcohol consumption linked to macular degeneration

Men and women who consume more than 20 grams of alcohol a day increased their risk of developing macular degeneration by almost 20 percent according to the findings of a recent study. There are about 15 grams of alcohol in a standard glass of beer or wine. The study was conducted by researchers at the […]

New artificial retina possibly beneficial for macular degeneration

Researchers at the University of Strathclyde and Stanford University are working on a new artificial retina. This new retina will be a drastic improvement upon the current prosthetic retina which is bulky and contains wires. This new wireless artificial retina is made up of photovoltaic cells made of silicon. To implant the artificial retina into […]