Legally blind a…

July 27, 2012

Legally blind archer Im Dong-hyun set the first world records of the London Olympics, breaking his own record in the 72-arrow mark and helping South Korea set a team record during Friday’s ranking round. He has 10% vision in one eye and 20% in the other.

Im broke the 72-arrow record he had set in Turkey in May by three points with a score of 699, hours before the 2012 Games official opening ceremony.

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Nobel Laureat Chemist Attacks Macular Degeneration

July 25, 2012

Macular degeneration causes visual distortion and even complete loss of sight. When the wife of chemistry Nobel laureate Walter Kohn was diagnosed with macular degeneration, he wanted to do something. I spoke with him at the recent Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting in Germany.

“We are developing a corrective device, including interaction with the patient, who is following a certain routine and who tells us his perceptions that arise.”

A macular degeneration patient looks at a completely regular grid on a computer screen. But because of the condition, the grid will appear distorted. The patient uses a mouse to adjust the grid to appear normal.

“We will receive from the patient an edited piece of graph paper. And from the way the patient edits it, we can tell what the distortions are that he perceives and from these we can then develop devices that correct his distortions.”

For more info:  http://news.yahoo.com/chemistry-nobelist-attacks-macular-degeneration-144608984.html


Online Support Group for Macular Degeneration

July 25, 2012

Eye Dr. Ari Weitzner writes:

If you or a loved one suffers from macular degeneration, I’d like to invite you to join our new online macular degeneration support group for patients, and their families, caregivers, and doctors, to exchange information and share experiences concerning the latest treatments and therapies for macular degeneration.

Group members can:

  • initiate discussions;
  • publish comments to a “wall;”
  • email other members;
  • alert other members to upcoming events; and
  • upload photos and videos.

The group is hosted by EyeDocNews Community, a new social network designed to facilitate dialogue between individuals suffering from various eye diseases concerning new treatments for their conditions.

Signing up is easy and free – just click here to join EyeDocNews Community, and then join the macular degeneration support group.

And if you have any feedback after joining, I’d be delighted to hear it.

For more info:  http://eyedocnews.com/006725-do-you-suffer-from-macular-degeneration-join-our-new-support-group/


How to Improve Eye Care

July 25, 2012

Everything you always wanted to know about sunglasses, contact lenses, glaucoma, cataracts, and more.

What can you do to improve your family’s vision? Dr. Calvin Roberts, chief medical officer for Bausch + Lomb and a clinical professor of ophthalmology at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University, talks with FamilyGoesStrong.com.

How is age-related macular degeneration different? [More than 2 million Americans 50 and older have advanced AMD.]

It’s primarily a disease of the blood vessels within your eye. The blood vessels within the retina are the smallest blood vessels in your body. Should there be some process that’s going on that slows down the ability of blood to circulate within your retina, then what happens is you lose that ability to read. People always ask do people with macular degeneration go blind. They lose the ability to read. They actually don’t see the book. Initially they just see real blurry. It all brings back the importance of the routine eye exam. Smoking is the biggest risk factor for macular degeneration. When I see someone with early macular degeneration, my No. 1 request is get into a [smoking cessation] program.

Other topics  discussed include cataracts, glaucoma, Lasik surgery, lubricating eye drops, contact lenses, and more.

For more info, http://family.lifegoesstrong.com/article/family-sees-together-how-improve-eye-care


How to Improve Eye Care

July 25, 2012

Everything you always wanted to know about sunglasses, contact lenses, glaucoma, cataracts, and more.

What can you do to improve your family’s vision? Dr. Calvin Roberts, chief medical officer for Bausch + Lomb and a clinical professor of ophthalmology at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University, talks with FamilyGoesStrong.com.

How is age-related macular degeneration different? [More than 2 million Americans 50 and older have advanced AMD.]

It’s primarily a disease of the blood vessels within your eye. The blood vessels within the retina are the smallest blood vessels in your body. Should there be some process that’s going on that slows down the ability of blood to circulate within your retina, then what happens is you lose that ability to read. People always ask do people with macular degeneration go blind. They lose the ability to read. They actually don’t see the book. Initially they just see real blurry. It all brings back the importance of the routine eye exam. Smoking is the biggest risk factor for macular degeneration. When I see someone with early macular degeneration, my No. 1 request is get into a [smoking cessation] program.

Other topics  discussed include cataracts, glaucoma, Lasik surgery, lubricating eye drops, contact lenses, and more.

For more info, http://family.lifegoesstrong.com/article/family-sees-together-how-improve-eye-care


Trials Continue for RP Treatment

July 16, 2012

Okuvision GmbH of Hamburg, Germany, is an innovator in the field of transcorneal electrical stimulation (TES) for patients with early and intermediate stage retinitis pigmentosa. Building on the lessons learned through the use of Retina Implant AG’s subretinal implant technology, Okuvision was founded with the goal of testing and developing a treatment option aimed at delaying the effects of retinitis pigmentosa. Okuvision’s first study began in 2007 and treated 24 patients over a period of six weeks. To learn more, please visit: www.okuvision.de .

Receiving CE mark approval in 2011, OkuStim is designed to promote cell regeneration in photoreceptors and delay progressive sight loss in RP patients by stimulating the eye with TES, also known as electrical stimulation therapy (EST). The device works by sending small amounts of electrical current to stimulate the retina and consists of a frame worn around the patient’s head, a hand-held stimulation controller and a battery pack. Patients can self-administer OkuStim at home or receive treatment in the doctor’s office. During treatment, patients may feel a slight sensation, but no discomfort or pain is involved in the treatment.

For more Info: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/okuvision-gmbhs-breakthrough-technology-to-be-featured-at-retina-international-world-congress-2012-07-10


ACT Approved for Increasing Dosage in Macular Degeneration Clinical Trials

July 16, 2012

ACT (Advanced Cell Technology Inc) is a biotechnology company that specializes in the development of cellular therapies for the treatment of diseases and conditions. Advanced Cell is developing a treatment for Dry Macular Degeneration from human embryonic stem cells.

An independent board has authorized Advanced Cell Technology Inc. to treat more patients with its experimental treatment for macular degeneration, and to increase dosage.

For more info:

http://www.telegram.com/article/20120709/NEWS/120709574/1002/business

http://www.advancedcell.com/

http://www.advancedcell.com/news-and-media/press-releases/act-secures-approval-to-proceed-with-increased-rpe-dosage-for-patients-in-clinical-trial-for-dry-amd/in