Treatments can slow macular degeneration

April 29, 2017

The macula is small, but mighty.

With a diameter less than a quarter of an inch, it is the part of the retina responsible for the sharp, central vision that allows us to read and see colors. It’s the kind of thing that goes unnoticed until it’s gone.

“Some people don’t realize they are only seeing out of one eye,” said Tupelo retina specialist Dr. Heather Hancock.

Age-related macular degeneration affects 11 million Americans. It can leave holes in the central vision, making it difficult to read and see faces. Peripheral vision remains intact even at the most severe stages.

It has a strong genetic component.

Macular degeneration is still considered incurable, but advances in treatment are allowing physicians to slow the progression of the disease, especially with the most devastating form of macular degeneration, Hancock said.

Age-related macular degeneration comes in two forms. Dry macular degeneration typically progresses very slowly. It develops because the macula becomes thinner and worn.

There is no direct therapy for dry macular degeneration. Physicians typically recommend a diet rich in antioxidants and supplements that support eye health, along with regular follow up to watch for changes, Hancock said.

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Early Detection of Macular Degeneration

April 29, 2017

Doctors may be failing to catch the earliest signs of a major cause of blindness.

The issue is – if it’s caught very early, age-related macular degeneration can be treated, and vision preserved.

If not, it’s much harder to slow down.

And a new study suggests many doctors may be missing the early signs.

A team at the University of Alabama-Birmingham used advanced digital photography to look at the eyes of 13-hundred older people who had normal vision on a standard exam.

They found that 1 in 4 of those people actually had degeneration in their retinas.

In many cases, it was early enough that the problem could be reversed by diet, nutritional supplements, and lifestyle.

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7 foods and supplements that can help improve your eyesight

April 11, 2017

While we all know eating carrots won’t magically give us 20-20 vision, can what we eat affect our eyesight?

It turns out, eye health is crucially linked to diet — consuming certain essential nutrients can stave off eye disease and age-related degeneration. Fox News spoke to Dr. Andrea Thau, president of the American Optometric Association, and Lauren Blake, a dietitian at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, to get their tips on the best foods to eat for optimum eye health:

  1. Leafy Greens
  2. Salmon
  3. Sweet Potatoes
  4. Chick Peas
  5. Bell Peppers
  6. Almonds
  7. Vitamin Supplements

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Juvenile Macular Degeneration (Stargardt Disease) – Detailed Analysis report

April 11, 2017

Key Players Copernicus Therapeutics Inc , Grupo Ferrer Internacional SA, Iris Pharma

The latest Pharmaceutical and Healthcare disease pipeline guide Juvenile Macular Degeneration – Pipeline Review, H1 2017, provides an overview of the Juvenile Macular Degeneration (Ophthalmology) pipeline landscape.

Juvenile macular degeneration is a series of inherited eye disorders that affects children and young adults. The most common form of juvenile macular degeneration is Stargardt disease. Stargardt’s disease is an inherited autosomal recessive syndrome. Signs and symptoms include blurry or fuzzy vision, dark, empty spots in the center of vision and difficulty reading or performing detail work. Risk factors include arteriosclerosis, hypercholesterolemia, smoking and hypertension.

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BeSpecular App for Assistance

April 5, 2017

Introducing BeSpecular, an App That Enables the Blind to Receive Sighted Assistance Via Their iOS Device

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

In this podcast, Thomas Domville introduces us to BeSpecular, a new iOS app that enables the blind and vision-impaired to use the camera on their iOS device to seek assistance from BeSpecular’s community of sighted volunteers.

Using the BeSpecular app, you take one or more photos of what you need help with and attach a voice message detailing exactly what you would like to know.

The photos and question are sent to BeSpecular’s community of “sightlings”. Those sightlings who are available can reply via the BeSpecular app with a voice or text message. The recipient then rates out of 5 stars the helpfulness of the sightling.

This was from Lauren Tappan

The Outlook from Here

April 2, 2017

The following is by Lauren Tappan:

I was recently alerted to a new blind/low-vision blog for individuals living in Wisconsin. It seems that they are willing to accept submissions from other locations. The blog is called “The Outlook From Here.” Check this out as another blog source.