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Macular degeneration is a disease associated with aging that gradually destroys sharp, central vision. Central vision is needed for seeing objects clearly and for common daily tasks such as reading and driving.
Oraya Therapy now being offered at NHS hospital in the UK and at four prestigious university hospitals in Germany

Oraya Therapy now being offered at NHS hospital in the UK and at four prestigious university hospitals in Germany

Oraya Therapeutics, Inc. announced today that it is significantly expanding its presence in Europe, with Oraya Therapy being offered for the first time at a National Health Service hospital in the United Kingdom and at four prestigious university hospitals in Germany. Oraya Therapy is intended as a one-time, non-invasive treatment for wet Age-related Macular Degeneration, with the potential to maintain or enhance vision while significantly reducing the required number of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) injections into the eye. [More]
Parents severely underestimate time children spend on digital devices

Parents severely underestimate time children spend on digital devices

According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), parents severely underestimate the time their children spend on digital devices. An AOA survey reports that 83 percent of children between the ages of 10 and 17 estimate they use an electronic device for three or more hours each day. [More]
Early stage AMD can occur much earlier than previously thought

Early stage AMD can occur much earlier than previously thought

It is widely accepted that age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of visual impairment and blindness in industrialized countries. [More]
Study shows correlation between education and nearsightedness

Study shows correlation between education and nearsightedness

Education and behavior have a greater impact on the development of nearsightedness than do genetic factors: With each school year completed, a person becomes more nearsighted. [More]
Phase 3 VIVID-DME trial of EYLEA Injection for treatment of DME shows improvement in visual acuity

Phase 3 VIVID-DME trial of EYLEA Injection for treatment of DME shows improvement in visual acuity

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that in the Phase 3 VIVID-DME trial of EYLEA® (aflibercept) Injection for the treatment of diabetic macular edema (DME), EYLEA 2 milligrams (mg) dosed monthly (2Q4) and EYLEA 2 mg dosed every two months (after 5 initial monthly injections, 2Q8) showed a sustained improvement from baseline in best corrected visual acuity (BCVA) at week 100 (2 years), compared to laser photocoagulation. [More]
Researchers create combination drug that controls both tumor growth and metastasis

Researchers create combination drug that controls both tumor growth and metastasis

Researchers at UC Davis, University of Massachusetts and Harvard Medical School have created a combination drug that controls both tumor growth and metastasis. By combining a COX-2 inhibitor, similar to Celebrex, and an epoxide hydrolase (sEH) inhibitor, the drug controls angiogenesis (blood vessel formation), limiting a tumor's ability to grow and spread. [More]
BrightFocus offers grants to 55 scientists for Alzheimer's disease and vision research

BrightFocus offers grants to 55 scientists for Alzheimer's disease and vision research

BrightFocus Foundation, a nonprofit organization funding cutting-edge, innovative research on Alzheimer's disease and the vision diseases of glaucoma and macular degeneration, today announced the recipients of new research grant awards, offered to 55 scientists in 19 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and five foreign countries. [More]
Integrated therapies can reduce depression by half among people with low vision due to AMD

Integrated therapies can reduce depression by half among people with low vision due to AMD

The first clinical trial to examine integrated low vision and mental health treatment has shown that the approach can reduce the incidence of depression by half among people with low vision due to age-related macular degeneration (AMD). [More]
New approach can reduce depression in patients with AMD-related low vision

New approach can reduce depression in patients with AMD-related low vision

Depression is a common risk for people who have lost their vision from age-related macular degeneration (AMD), but a new study shows that a type of rehabilitation therapy can cut this risk in half. The study was funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health. [More]
Metabolic pathway genes linked to AMD and choroidal vasculopathy

Metabolic pathway genes linked to AMD and choroidal vasculopathy

The cholesteryl ester transfer protein gene appears to increase susceptibility to neovascular age-related macular degeneration and polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy, research shows. [More]
Reticular drusen linked to AMD progression

Reticular drusen linked to AMD progression

Four percent of individuals aged 49 years and above will develop reticular drusen over 15 years of follow-up, Australian study findings suggest, with the incidence higher in those with age-related macular degeneration risk factors. [More]
Study links nearsightedness to higher education and years spent in school

Study links nearsightedness to higher education and years spent in school

German researchers have found strong evidence that attaining a higher level of education and spending more years in school are two factors associated with a greater prevalence and severity of nearsightedness, or myopia. [More]
Nicox launches expanded access to Sequenom Laboratories' RetnaGene portfolio

Nicox launches expanded access to Sequenom Laboratories' RetnaGene portfolio

Nicox S.A., the international ophthalmic company, and Sequenom, Inc. (NASDAQ: SQNM), a life sciences company providing innovative genetic analysis solutions, today announced that Nicox's subsidiary, Nicox Inc. is launching expanded access to Sequenom Laboratories' RetnaGene™ portfolio of laboratory-developed genetic tests in the United States (U.S.). [More]
Simulator for evaluating effects of visual impairment on person's driving performance

Simulator for evaluating effects of visual impairment on person's driving performance

The University of California, San Diego School of Medicine is the first ophthalmology department in the nation to feature a fully dedicated high-fidelity, highly realistic driving simulator for evaluating the effects of visual impairment on a person's driving performance. [More]
Bayer HealthCare seeks EU marketing authorization of EYLEA for macular edema following BRVO

Bayer HealthCare seeks EU marketing authorization of EYLEA for macular edema following BRVO

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Bayer HealthCare today announced that Bayer HealthCare has submitted an application to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) seeking marketing authorization in the European Union (EU) for EYLEA (aflibercept) Injection for the treatment of macular edema following branch retinal vein occlusion (BRVO). [More]
Viewpoints: 'Triage' at the VA; GOP can't 'fix' health law; mental health problems in LA jail

Viewpoints: 'Triage' at the VA; GOP can't 'fix' health law; mental health problems in LA jail

Washington's attention span on the Veterans Affairs scandal seems to be expiring. Though 42 of the VA's 152 major campuses (27%) are still under investigation for falsifying wait-time records, the Senate is converging on a bipartisan deal that claims to solve the problem. [More]
Ocugen's OCU100 gets FDA orphan drug designation for treatment of retinitis pigmentosa

Ocugen's OCU100 gets FDA orphan drug designation for treatment of retinitis pigmentosa

Ocugen, Inc. and the University of Colorado today announced exclusive license agreements that allow for Ocugen to continue developing two drug candidates for the treatment for ophthalmology indications, and that one of the assets, OCU100, recombinant lens epithelium derived growth factor 1-326 (LEDGF1-326), received orphan-drug status from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for treatment of retinitis pigmentosa (RP), a rare eye disease. [More]
Interim data from Promedior’s PRM-151 Phase 2 myelofibrosis clinical trial to be presented at 19th EHA Congress

Interim data from Promedior’s PRM-151 Phase 2 myelofibrosis clinical trial to be presented at 19th EHA Congress

Promedior, Inc., a clinical stage biotechnology company developing novel therapeutics for the treatment of fibrosis, today announced that Ruben Mesa, MD, will present interim data from the Company's ongoing Phase 2 clinical trial of its lead product candidate, PRM-151, for the treatment of myelofibrosis, in a poster presentation on June 14, 2014 at the 19th Congress of European Hematology Association (EHA) which is being held in Milan, Italy, from June 12-15, 2014. [More]
RPB grants $500,000 to accelerate treatments for Retinitis Pigmentosa

RPB grants $500,000 to accelerate treatments for Retinitis Pigmentosa

Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB), the leading eye research foundation, is providing $500,000 to accelerate the development of treatments for Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) -- a family of retinal diseases that progressively create extreme tunnel vision, loss of night vision and leave affected patients legally blind by the age of 40. [More]
CenterVue's next generation Macular Integrity Assessment receives FDA clearance

CenterVue's next generation Macular Integrity Assessment receives FDA clearance

CenterVue, Inc., a leader in the design and manufacture of highly automated medical devices for the diagnosis and management of ocular pathologies, today announced FDA 510(k) clearance has been granted for the company's next generation Macular Integrity Assessment (MAIA). [More]