Eylea works when others fail … sometimes.

June 24, 2013

An age-related macular degeneration drug called Eylea has been shown to work in patients when two other drugs, Avastin and Lucentis, fail to stop blood vessel leakage and loss of vision.

All of the drugs in this class of medication are biological, protein-based medications, not small molecule pharmaceutical drugs. Lucentis and Avastin are antibodies that are relatively similar and block a protein called vascular endotherlial growth factor (VEGF), which causes the growth of new blood vessels. Eylea works through the same mechanism, but was independently developed by another company, Regeneron out of Tarrytown, N.Y.

During the course of treatment with Lucentis and Avastin, some patients can become resistant to these drugs and leaking of the blood vessels can begin again, leading to vision blurring and loss. This has spurned research into drugs that can be used as a second line of defense after the first set of drugs fail. In reaction to the new discovery for the drug, Dr. Mahajan said, “We have a 50-50 chance of making previous nonresponders better, and 50-50 is a whole lot better than zero.”

Read more at http://www.medicaldaily.com/articles/16665/20130619/age-related-macular-degeneration-drug-wet-amd-eylea-blood-vessel-leakage-vision-loss.htm#JG38eRKlP5OmebOO.99


Vision 2013 in Baltimore

June 24, 2013

Visions 2013

The 2013 National Conference for the Foundation Fighting Blindness will be held on June 27 to June 30 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel.

For more info: http://www.fightblindness.org/site/MessageViewer?em_id=81866.0&dlv_id=83132


Think sunglasses help your eyes? Here is a different viewpoint.

June 10, 2013

“We have been sold on the idea that sunglasses help protect our eyes, but that is simply not the case,” explains Dr. Edward Kondrot, founder of the Healing The Eye & Wellness Center. “Worse yet, often times sunglass wearing is actually harming the eye and leaving people with vision problems.”

Dr. Kondrot recommends that people only wear sunglasses if they will be out in the sun for a prolonged period of time, engaging in something like boating or desert hiking. Otherwise, he recommends that people avoid wearing sunglasses altogether, for a number of reasons, including:

·      When people put dark sunglasses on, they cause the pupil to unnaturally dilate in the bright sunlight. A normal pupil will dilate in a dark environment and constrict in bright light, preventing the unwanted UV light from entering the eye. When people put dark sunglasses on, it dilates the pupil instead, allowing the UV light to enter.

·      A small amount of UV light is needed to maintain eye health. Brief exposures to UV light can strengthen your eye, while a complete lack of it may lead to macular degeneration. Because we are not getting enough UV light and are becoming more sun phobic, many people are also becoming vitamin D deficient.

·      Many people purchase dark sunglasses in the belief that it will keep out unwanted UV light. In truth, darkness actually has nothing to do with protecting against UV light. Sunglasses must have a UV blocker in order to block out the sun. It is also possible for completely clear lenses to filter out 100 percent of the UV light.

“If you look at children, you will see they are fine outside without sunglasses,” adds Dr. Kondrot. “Yet adults can’t go minutes without them. They have caused their eyes to become dependent on them unnecessarily. Start by going without sunglasses for an hour per day while outside. This will strengthen the eye and get you back on the track toward eye health.”

For more info:  http://www.groundreport.com/Health_and_Science/Think-sunglasses-help-your-eyes-Think-again/2953643



Program looks at increase in young adults afflicted with macular degeneration

June 10, 2013

Macular degeneration, an age-related eye condition which causes loss of vision and blindness, and normally seen in older people, is on the rise in younger ones.

Bill Pearson, president of the Sun City Foundation and a Recreation Centers of Sun City board member, said doctors have been tracking a rapid increase in macular degeneration cases across the country.

The phenomenon is called “Blue Light Epidemic,” because of the increase use in computers, smart phones, tablets, flat screen TVs and new energy efficient florescent bulbs and others used in offices and homes. He said the technology creates a cumulative lifetime exposure to blue wavelength light.

For more info:  http://www.yourwestvalley.com/suncity/article_700a8eaa-cee4-11e2-a176-001a4bcf887a.html


A self-test for macular degeneration

June 10, 2013

Using a simple test called the Amsler Grid, anyone can quickly and easily check whether they have a macular problem.

Cover each eye, focus on the centre dot and check whether the lines look wavy, blurred or distorted.


• Distortion, where straight lines may appear wavy or bent;
• Difficulty in reading or any other activity that requires fine vision;
• Problems with distinguishing faces;
• Dark patches or empty spaces in the centre of your vision;
• A need for increased illumination, sensitivity to glare, decreased night vision and poor colour sensitivity.

Symptoms should not be dismissed; the earlier treatment is sought the greater the likelihood of a better outcome.

For more info:  http://www.listener.co.nz/lifestyle/health/test-yourself-for-macular-degeneration/


Zoomies – the Cheapest Telescopic Eyeglasses

June 2, 2013

As those of you who read our articles know, three things work together against those with low vision:

1. Low vision is a greater problem for senior citizens.

2. The primary insurance for seniors is Medicare.

3. Medicare does not cover optical assistive technology.

Since assistive technology is the best hope for coping with low vision, one of our approaches is to find inexpensive alternatives to the expensive digital magnifiers, portable CCTVs, GPSes and binocular eyeglasses. Here is a device which may help those who cannot afford the expensive high tech.


Zoomies are being promoted on TV as 3 x magnifying sports binoculars. They cost $10  (plus the inevitable shipping and handling.) They can be refocused for close-up work. They may not be ideal, but it may help those who cannot afford the “proper” alternative. In one survey, 70% of customers find them acceptable.

For more info:  www.buyzoomies.com

For a review: http://tvstuffreviews.com/zoomies

Father’s Day Sale at Enhanced Vision

June 2, 2013

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