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2010-06-15 09:32:00

ST. LOUIS, June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Eye Institute, of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, announced the launch of an ancillary study to the ongoing Age-Related Eye Disease Study 2 (AREDS2). AREDS2 is a nationwide study of 4,000 individuals at moderate to high risk for developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD) to determine whether oral supplementation of lutein/zeaxanthin and omega-3 fatty acids can further slow the progression of vision loss from AMD, the leading...

2010-05-03 07:19:25

Los Angeles Latino eye study is first to track eye disease incidence in Latino population Latinos have higher rates of developing visual impairment, blindness, diabetic eye disease, and cataracts than non-Hispanic whites, researchers found. These are the first estimates of visual impairment and eye disease development in Latinos, the largest and fastest growing minority population in the United States. The research was part of the Los Angeles Latino Eye Study (LALES), which was supported by...

2010-04-27 14:22:59

Ranibizumab injections plus laser therapy results in dramatic visual improvement Researchers have shown that ranibizumab (Lucentis) eye injections, often in combination with laser treatment, result in better vision than laser treatment alone for diabetes-associated swelling of the retina. Laser treatment alone has been the standard care for the past 25 years. But nearly 50 percent of patients who received this new treatment experienced substantial visual improvement after one year, compared...

2010-04-12 15:14:00

NEW YORK, April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Scientists have shown that through eye exams at the crib-side, doctors can identify infants who are most likely to benefit from early treatment for a potentially blinding eye condition called retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), resulting in better vision for many children. See video from National Eye Institute at: http://inr.mediaseed.tv/NEI_37353 ROP is one of the most common causes of vision loss in children and affects an estimated 15,000 premature...

2010-04-12 15:03:07

A large genetic study of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) has identified three new genes associated with this blinding eye disease"”two involved in the cholesterol pathway. Results of this large-scale collaborative study, supported by the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health, were published online April 12 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. "Genome-wide association studies require large numbers of patients to discover...

2010-04-06 09:01:08

Surgery or Careful Monitoring of Infants Depends on Disease Characteristics Scientists have shown that through an eye exam, doctors can identify infants who are most likely to benefit from early treatment for a potentially blinding eye condition called retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), resulting in better vision for many children. These long-term results of the Early Treatment for Retinopathy of Prematurity (ETROP) study confirm that the visual benefit of early treatment for selected infants...

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2009-12-16 06:55:00

There are far more Americans diagnosed with nearsightedness than just three decades ago, according to a report released Tuesday. Also known as myopia, nearsightedness is when the eyes cannot focus correctly, resulting in the blurring of distant objects. Fortunately, it is easily remedied with corrective eyeglasses, contact lenses or refractive surgery. It is still a mystery as to why an increasing number of Americans are becoming nearsighted. "At this time, we really don't know how to prevent...

2009-09-21 15:48:34

An international team, led by researchers from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and the National Eye Institute, has discovered gene variants for glaucoma in a black population. The finding could lead to future treatments or a cure for this disease, which leads to blindness in two million Americans each year. The study by Kang Zhang, MD, PhD, Director of the Institute for Genomic Medicine and professor of ophthalmology and human genetics at the Shiley Eye Center at UC...

2009-09-15 06:58:40

Eye injections of corticosteroid medication may improve patients' vision Scientists have identified the first long-term, effective treatment to improve vision and reduce vision loss associated with blockage of large veins in the eye. This research was part of a multi-center, phase III clinical trial supported by the National Eye Institute (NEI) at the National Institutes of Health. The Standard Care vs. Corticosteroid for Retinal Vein Occlusion (SCORE) study, conducted at 84 clinical sites,...

2009-08-13 09:47:18

Three young adults who received gene therapy for a blinding eye condition remained healthy and maintained previous visual gains one year later, according to an August online report in Human Gene Therapy. One patient also noticed a visual improvement that helped her perform daily tasks, which scientists describe in an Aug. 13 letter to the editor in the New England Journal of Medicine.These findings have emerged from a phase I clinical trial supported by the National Eye Institute (NEI) at the...


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