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2009-12-08 19:55:00

Research will be presented at America Society for Cell Biology conference Transplanting human stem cells from umbilical cords onto the abnormally thin, cloudy corneas of laboratory mice significantly improved corneal transparency and increased the thickness of the animals' corneal stroma, the transparent middle layer, according to research that will be presented at the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) 49th Annual Meeting, Dec. 5-9, 2009 in San Diego. These research results come at a...

2009-12-08 19:47:39

New research from the University of Cincinnati (UC) may help in the recovery of lost vision for patients with corneal scarring. Winston Whei-Yang Kao, PhD, professor of ophthalmology, along with other researchers in UC's ophthalmology department found that transplanting human umbilical mesenchymal stem cells into mouse models that lack the protein lumican restored the transparency of cloudy and thin corneas. Mesenchymal stem cells are "multi-potent" stem cells that can differentiate into a...

2009-12-02 18:28:53

A novel scleral lens developed in Boston proves clinically beneficial in patients who have failed conventional therapies Joseph Balboni loves sports. An avid tennis player and golfer, as well as baseball fan, the 46-year-old insurance agent became increasingly frustrated over time as his eyesight dimmed due to keratoconus, a degenerative eye disorder. Unable to return the tennis ball or see the pitch at Red Sox games, he faced the prospect of a corneal transplant to restore his vision and eye...

2009-11-09 16:34:45

Laser eye surgery to correct vision problems does not appear to be associated with lasting changes to cells lining the inside of the cornea at nine years after the procedure, according to a report in the November issue of Archives of Ophthalmology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Two types of laser surgery"”photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) and laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK)"”are often used to correct refractive errors such as nearsightedness, according to background...

2009-11-06 12:59:00

The Cornea and Laser Eye Institute is participating in a research study to determine if an investigational corneal inlay can safely and effectively reduce the need for reading glasses. Dr. Peter Hersh, the study doctor, will perform the procedures. The investigational AcuFocus Corneal Inlay (ACI) is intended to improve near vision in patients with presbyopia, which is the loss of near vision, and reduce dependency on reading glasses. Qualified participants will receive the procedure at no...

2009-10-23 08:00:00

VANCOUVER, Oct. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ANPI; TSX: ANP), today announced the commercial launch of the Tan EndoGlide(TM) Endothelium Insertion System in the United States. Angiotech holds exclusive U.S. distribution rights to market and distribute the Tan EndoGlide Endothelium Insertion System, which it obtained in a supply agreement with privately held Network Medical Products, Ltd. Angiotech will launch the product during the American Academy of...

2009-10-21 09:18:00

Patented Process for Corneal Processing Promotes Patient Safety, Offers Benefits for Surgeons in Multiple Applications BALTIMORE, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Tissue Banks International (TBI) has announced the availability of the VisionGraft Sterile Cornea, the nation's first sterile cornea allograft. The VisionGraft Sterile Cornea (patent pending) is an irradiated cornea for use in tectonic transplant procedures. The VisionGraft Sterile Cornea offers additional patient safety...

2009-10-21 07:15:00

CARLSBAD, Calif., Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- CONNECT(R), a non-profit organization dedicated to creating and sustaining the growth of innovative technology and life science businesses in San Diego, announced SynergEyes, Inc., the high Dk hybrid contact lens manufacturer, as a finalist for its 22nd annual Most Innovative New Product (MIP) Award. SynergEyes was announced as a finalist for ClearKone(TM), its patent-pending advanced hybrid contact lens design for keratoconus patients....

2009-09-24 10:25:00

NEW YORK, Sept. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue. Advances in Ophthalmology: Markets in the Treatment of Eye Disorders and Corrective Vision, 2nd Edition http://www.reportlinker.com/p0132603/Advances-in-Ophthalmology-Markets-in-the-Treatment-of-Eye-Disorders-and-Corrective-Vision-2nd-Ediiton.html The information represented in this report is a comprehensive analysis of the eye care market globally with a special...

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2009-09-17 13:10:46

U.S. Doctors said on Wednesday that a 60-year-old grandmother that had been blind for nearly a decade has recovered her sight after surgeons implanted a tooth in her eye as a base to hold a tiny plastic lens, Reuters reported. The University of Miami's Bascom Palmer Eye Institute said Mississippi-native Sharron "Kay" Thornton lost her sight in 2000 when she came down with a case of Stevens-Johnson syndrome, a rare disease that scarred her cornea. Thornton's surgeon Victor Perez said that for...


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