Symptoms of Cataracts

April 28, 2012

Only an eye care professional can diagnose cataracts, but it may be time to schedule an eye exam if you notice any of these common signs:

  • Blurry or fuzzy vision
  • Trouble seeing at night
  • Double vision (single objects appear as two)
  • A glow or halo effect around lights
  • Changes to color vision (colors are less vivid, maybe brownish)

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LVATUG Goes World Wide

April 22, 2012

When we first created this blog, it was to serve the Low Vision community of the North Carolina Triangle area. Thanks to the Internet and WordPress, we have reached the entire world. Here is a list of countries that have viewed us so far.

United States
United Kingdom
Russian Federation
Czech Republic
Trinidad and Tobago
Saudi Arabia
Hong Kong
South Africa

News from the NFB and the FFB

April 22, 2012

This post is from Lauren Tappan:

  • The FFB, Foundation for Fighting Blindness, will have their Vision 2012 Conference at Hyatt Regency Hotel in Minneapolis from June 28 to July 1.
  • The NFB, National Federation for the Blind, will have their National Convention in Dallas, June 31 to July 5.  NFB will have their NC state convention at Camp Dogwood.
  • The Governor Moorhead School for The Blind in Raleigh is closing. A blind residential program will remain. This Blind Residential program will be a satellite of Wilson Deaf School.
  • There is now an effort to merge the commission for the blind into a super social services division and NFB is hoping this will not happen.

If you would like to have more information in regards to NFB or any of the above, contact Gary Ray at 828-505-0299.

Breakthrough in Age-Related Macular Degeneration

April 16, 2012

In what could potentially lead to a novel therapy for one of the common forms of blindness, scientists at Trinity College Dublin have discovered that a part of the immune system called the infllamosome is involved in regulating the development of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). They have discovered that by controlling an inflammatory component IL-18, in cases of AMD could prevent the development of the disease.

The scientists at Trinity, Dr Sarah Doyle and Dr. Mathew Campbell have discovered that drusen can lead to two inflammatory components named IL- 1beta and IL-18.

“Traditionally, inflammation in the retina or indeed the eye in general is not beneficial and is a pathological hallmark of many eye diseases, including AMD. However we have identified, that one inflammatory component termed IL-18 acts as a so-called anti-angiogenic factor, preventing the progression of wet AMD” said Dr. Campbell.

The results of the study indicate that by controlling the levels of IL-18, in the patients with the dry form of the disease could prevent the development of the wet form of the disease. Dr Doyle is positive that this research could pave way for new treatments for this disease.

US has about 1.8 million 40 years or older that are affected by AMD and an additional 7.3 million with large drusen are at risk of developing AMD. By 2020, US will have about 2.90 million people with AMD.

The research was published in the international medical journal Nature Medicine.

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