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A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye that affects vision. Most cataracts are related to aging. Cataracts are very common in older people. By age 80, more than half of all Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery.

A cataract can occur in either or both eyes. It cannot spread from one eye to the other.
Researchers find genetic cause of previously unknown disease

Researchers find genetic cause of previously unknown disease

Researchers at the University of Oslo and Oslo University Hospital have found the genetic cause of a previously undescribed disease. With this, they have solved an over ten year old medical conundrum. [More]
Temporary postnatal visual deprivation induces permanent auditory responses in the brain's visual area

Temporary postnatal visual deprivation induces permanent auditory responses in the brain's visual area

A brief period of postnatal visual deprivation, when early in life, drives a rewiring of the brain areas involved in visual processing, even if the visual restoration is completed well before the baby reaches one year of age, researchers at the University of Trento, McMaster University, and the University of Montreal revealed today in Current Biology. [More]
Omeros reports additional positive data from OMS721 Phase 2 trial for treatment of thrombotic microangiopathies

Omeros reports additional positive data from OMS721 Phase 2 trial for treatment of thrombotic microangiopathies

Omeros Corporation today announced additional positive data in the company's Phase 2 clinical trial of OMS721 for the treatment of thrombotic microangiopathies (TMAs). TMAs are a family of rare, debilitating and life-threatening disorders characterized by excessive thrombi (clots) – aggregations of platelets – in the microcirculation of the body's organs, most commonly the kidney and brain. [More]
Omeros plans to file patent infringement lawsuit against Par

Omeros plans to file patent infringement lawsuit against Par

Omeros Corporation today, in response to investor questions, announced that it plans to file a patent infringement lawsuit against Par Pharmaceutical, Inc. and its subsidiary, Par Sterile Products, LLC in response to the Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) filed by Par seeking FDA approval to market a generic version of Omeros' commercial drug Omidria (phenylephrine and ketorolac injection) 1%/0.3%. [More]
Imprimis, Advanced Dosage sign license agreement for proprietary compounded ophthalmic formulations

Imprimis, Advanced Dosage sign license agreement for proprietary compounded ophthalmic formulations

Imprimis Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of proprietary compounded drug formulations, today announced that it has entered into a license agreement with Advanced Dosage Forms, Inc. to expand Imprimis' proprietary ophthalmic injectable and combination topical compounded formulations into Canada. Under the agreement, the licensee has the rights to formulate, market and sell these formulations across Canada. [More]
Omeros receives EC approval to market Omidria in EU and other European countries

Omeros receives EC approval to market Omidria in EU and other European countries

Omeros Corporation today announced that the European Commission (EC) has granted marketing authorization for Omidria (phenylephrine and ketorolac injection) 1% / 0.3% in the European Union (EU) for use in cataract surgery and lens replacement procedures to maintain mydriasis (pupil dilation), prevent miosis (pupil constriction), and to reduce postoperative eye pain. [More]
Omeros' OMS721 granted FDA Fast Track designation for treatment of atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome

Omeros' OMS721 granted FDA Fast Track designation for treatment of atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome

Omeros Corporation today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted Fast Track designation to OMS721 for the treatment of patients with atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS). OMS721 is the company's lead human monoclonal antibody targeting mannan-binding lectin-associated serine protease-2 (MASP-2), the key regulator of the lectin pathway of the immune system. [More]
New study suggests novel ways to treat serous retinal detachment

New study suggests novel ways to treat serous retinal detachment

Wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of severe vision loss in older individuals. AMD and other serious chronic eye problems that affect younger individuals result when fluid accumulates abnormally under or within the retina. A new study published in The American Journal of Pathology shows for the first time that the release of substances from mast cells may be a causal factor in this type of eye pathology, and inhibitors of this release may offer new ways to treat serous retinal detachment. [More]
Gene therapy provides life-long protection to photoreceptor cells in animal model of retinitis pigmentosa

Gene therapy provides life-long protection to photoreceptor cells in animal model of retinitis pigmentosa

A collaboration between scientists in the UK and the USA has shown that gene therapy can give life-long protection to the light-sensitive photoreceptor cells responsible for colour vision in a mouse model of the most common inherited eye disorder. [More]
Bayer Yakuhin receives MHLW approval in Japan for EYLEA (aflibercept) Injection to treat RVO patients

Bayer Yakuhin receives MHLW approval in Japan for EYLEA (aflibercept) Injection to treat RVO patients

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that Bayer HealthCare's Japanese subsidiary, Bayer Yakuhin, Ltd., received approval for EYLEA (aflibercept) Injection by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) in Japan for the treatment of patients with macular edema secondary to retinal vein occlusion (RVO). [More]
University of Delaware researchers identify prime suspects in cataract formation

University of Delaware researchers identify prime suspects in cataract formation

When cataracts encroach on the eyes, the only effective remedy is to surgically replace the eyes' lenses with synthetic substitutes. But what if scientists found a way to delay or prevent cataracts from forming in the first place? Researchers at the University of Delaware may have found such an opportunity by identifying the prime suspects in the formation of cataracts - deficiency of two genes that encode regulatory proteins. [More]

Iowa's advanced driving simulator to help assess newly developed artificial lens for cataract patients

A miniature version of the University of Iowa's advanced driving simulator will participate in a clinical trial later this year to assess a patient's driving ability after cataract surgery. [More]
Omeros signs exclusive license agreement with Fagron affiliates for commercialization of OMS103

Omeros signs exclusive license agreement with Fagron affiliates for commercialization of OMS103

Omeros Corporation, a biopharmaceutical company committed to discovering, developing and commercializing small-molecule and protein therapeutics for both large-market as well as orphan indications, today announced that it has entered into an exclusive license agreement with affiliates of Fagron NV for the commercialization of OMS103, Omeros' product for arthroscopic surgery. [More]
FE65 and FE65L1 proteins may become therapeutic target for muscular dystrophy, cataracts and Alzheimer's

FE65 and FE65L1 proteins may become therapeutic target for muscular dystrophy, cataracts and Alzheimer's

Amyloid precursor protein (APP), a key protein implicated in the development Alzheimer's disease, may play an important role in eye and muscle health. In a new report published in the June 2015 issue of The FASEB Journal, scientists have discovered that when proteins that bind to the APP, called FE65 and FE65L1, are deleted, they cause cataracts and muscle weakness in mice. [More]
Despite low value and high costs, certain preoperative tests still common in U.S.

Despite low value and high costs, certain preoperative tests still common in U.S.

Professional physician associations consider certain routine tests before elective surgery to be of low value and high cost, and have sought to discourage their utilization. [More]
New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai observes June 1st as World Orthoptics Day

New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai observes June 1st as World Orthoptics Day

New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai joins with the International Orthoptic Association to observe June 1st as World Orthoptics Day. [More]
Medicare physician reimbursement data could be confusing to the public

Medicare physician reimbursement data could be confusing to the public

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today released to the public data relating to 2013 Medicare payments made to physicians and other providers. In response, the American Academy of Ophthalmology is providing necessary context for the reimbursement data, which in its raw form are often complex and difficult to understand. [More]
Metformin can reduce risk of open-angle glaucoma in people with diabetes

Metformin can reduce risk of open-angle glaucoma in people with diabetes

Taking the medication metformin hydrochloride was associated with reduced risk of developing the sight-threatening disease open-angle glaucoma in people with diabetes, according to a study published online by JAMA Ophthalmology. [More]
Omeros receives EMA CHMP positive opinion for Omidria for cataract, IOL replacement surgery

Omeros receives EMA CHMP positive opinion for Omidria for cataract, IOL replacement surgery

Omeros Corporation, a biopharmaceutical company committed to discovering, developing and commercializing small-molecule and protein therapeutics for both large-market as well as orphan indications targeting inflammation, coagulopathies and disorders of the central nervous system, today announced that the European Medicines Agency's (EMA's) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) has adopted a positive opinion for Omidria® (phenylephrine and ketorolac injection) 1%/0.3%. [More]
Many Medicare patients undergo unnecessary routine preoperative tests before cataract surgery

Many Medicare patients undergo unnecessary routine preoperative tests before cataract surgery

More than half of all Medicare patients who have cataract surgery undergo unnecessary routine preoperative testing, despite strong evidence that these tests are usually not beneficial and increase national health care costs, reports a study published on April 16 in The New England Journal of Medicine. [More]
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