Eye Damage May Occur With Use of Bladder Drug

A popular drug used to treat interstitial cystitis of the bladder was shown in a recent study to cause retinal damage in a study presented at the 2019 American Academy of Ophthalmology annual meeting. Researchers examined a database of 4.3 million patients at Kaiser Permanente in Northern California after a report from last year claimed […]

Gene therapy treatment for AMD in clinical trials

Phase 1 clinical trials on a new gene therapy to treat age-related macular degeneration are currently underway in multiple locations around the country. Early results from the trials are offering promising results and researchers hope gene therapy for wet macular degeneration will be available within the next 3 to 5 years. This new therapy would […]

New Drug for Dry Macular Degeneration?

A new drug to treat the “dry” form of macular degeneration is currently undergoing clinical trials. Allegro Ophthalmics has reported encouraging results from the phase 2 study of Risuteganib. The small phase 2 study involved 40 patients and was conducted over a 28 week period with participants receiving 2 injections. Half of the patients received […]

New Drug Approved for Wet Macular Degeneration

Novartis Pharmaceuticals announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved it’s new drug, BeovuĀ®, for the treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD). BeovuĀ® (brolucizumab) recently completed two late-stage clinical trials, which tested the safety and efficacy of the intravitreal injection. Wet AMD is an eye condition which can lead to a […]

Which Sunglasses Best Protect Your Vision?

While sunglasses are often deemed to be no more than a fashion accessory, the impact that they have on your vision is critically important. The choice of your sunglasses is every bit as important as your choice of sun block for your skin. The National Eye Institute reports that UV radiation can damage proteins in […]

New implant delivers medicine continuously to eye

The current therapy for treating wet macular degeneration involves costly, frequent injections into the eye. Researchers are currently working on a new therapy that involves putting an implant into the eye that would continuously deliver the medication into the eye. Injection therapy only offers temporary help in preserving central vision with wet macular degeneration and […]

FDA approves Eylea to treat all stages of diabetic retinopathy

Currently used to treat diabetic macular edema, Eylea recently gained FDA approval for treating all stages of diabetic retinopathy. Eylea works as a “vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)” inhibitor by stopping the growth of abnormal blood vessels in the eye. It also reduces swelling and leakage, which are what lead to vision loss. Clinical trials […]

Donor Cells Implanted for Macular Degeneration

Researchers at the Riken Institute in Japan completed the first clinical trial involving the transplantation of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells) from donors. Five patients received the donated cells. Artificially grown retinal cells were made from donor iPS cells and were used to treat the patients suffering from wet age-related macular degeneration. The first […]

Revolutionary treatment restores vision

A study that involved a revolutionary treatment using stem cells from the eyes of non-living donors is detailed in STEM CELLS Translational Medicine. Researchers hope that this pioneering treatment may hold the key to finding a cure for blindness that is caused by damage to the cornea. Eight patients with condition known as Limbal stem […]

6 Vision Changes You Shouldn’t Ignore

There are many problems associated with the eyes that can be indicators of something far more serious, including cancer, that warrant making an appointment with your eye doctor. In many cases, a routine eye exam can diagnose a major issue with your vision at an early stage. Here are six changes to your eyes that […]