Americans’ Greatest Health Fear? Going Blind

A study conducted by the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine found that most Americans deem loss of vision as the worst thing that could happen to them even when compared to memory loss, loss of speech, hearing or loss of limb or having HIV/AIDS. Despite the fact that most Americans […]

Testing of drug underway for patients with wet macular degeneration

A new drug that is currently being tested on mice and rabbits requires fewer injections than the current standard intravitreal therapy for age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Researchers are hopeful that injections in humans would have a longer-lasting effect: several months between injections instead of every four to six weeks. The new drug lasted two months […]

Macular Degeneration may Start in Gut

Researchers at the University of Montreal examined how bacterial flora in the intestinal tract may influence the risk of developing the wet (neovascular) form of macular degeneration. Wet AMD is characterize by the formation and leakage of new and weak blood vessels in the eye. Obesity is one of the five most common factors related […]

Silkworm cocoons may aid Macular Degeneration

Silkworm cocoons are the subject of research at Brisbane’s Queensland Eye Institute. Researchers are making fibroid cells using the cocoons and are looking to implant the fibroid cells into the eye. It is the goal of researchers to improve upon the current treatment for the wet form of macular degeneration, which involves injections into 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 […]

Warning for stroke patients with wet AMD

Patients suffering from wet macular degeneration who have had a stroke are being warned against using bevacizumab (Avastin®) within a 6 month period after the stroke. This is because people who had a bevacizumab eye injection within 3 to 6 months after a stroke had a significantly higher mortality rate than patients who did not receive injections. […]

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 […]

Broccoli-related compound benefits Macular Degeneration

A compound found in broccoli known as indole-3-carbinol (I3C) is currently being researched for it’s potential in preventing cancer and researchers are also hopeful it can be used to treat AMD. I3C activates the AhR protein, which clears environmental toxins from cells. Researchers noted that mice that were deficient in AhR developed an eye condition […]

Google’s Artificial Intelligence may save eyesight

Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is what is currently used to diagnose diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration. The problem with this digital scanning method is that it is highly complex and time-consuming for eye care professionals to analyze. This adds up to time lost in diagnosing and treating as early as possible. Aware of this, […]

Statin drugs for cholesterol may help macular degeneration

Study results from a phase I/II clinical trial at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary of Harvard University evaluating the efficacy of statins as a treatment for patients with the dry form of macular degeneration offer hope for those suffering from the disease. High doses of atorvastatin lessened the number of drusen deposits within the eye […]