Macular Degeneration News
- New Hope for Better Macular Degeneration Treatments
February 22, 2021 — A number of new treatments for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a progressive eye disease, are under development.
- Can a Parkinson's Drug Treat Macular Degeneration?
September 16, 2020 — More than 15% of Americans over age 70 have AMD, and 10% to 15% of those cases go on to develop the more severe wet macular degeneration, which can cause swift and complete vision loss.
- Zinc May Help Against Vision Loss in Seniors
August 23, 2017 — But no large studies prove the inexpensive pill slows age-related macular degeneration, eye expert says
- Treating One Senior Eye Disease May Cause Another
March 16, 2017 — Risk of glaucoma tied to 7 or more injections for macular degeneration, study suggests
- Stem Cells Hold Promise, Peril for Eye Disease
March 15, 2017 — One report warns of 3 women blinded by macular degeneration treatment in 'trial,' another details success story
- Statins May Ease Macular Degeneration for Some
February 4, 2016 — The 'dry' form of the eye disease remains the leading cause of blindness in developed world
- Parkinson's Drug May Help Macular Degeneration
November 12, 2015 — But more research needed to confirm beneficial effects on vision disorder
- Calcium Supplements Tied to Macular Degeneration
April 10, 2015 — Older people who take more than 800 milligrams of calcium a day are almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with a condition that causes severe vision loss called age-related macular degeneration (AMD), according to a new study in JAMA Ophthalmology.
- Stem Cell Therapy Shows Long-Term Effectiveness
October 14, 2014 — In small study, half of 18 people with a vision-robbing condition got some of their sight back
- Omega-3s No Help Against Age-Linked Eye Trouble: Study
May 5, 2013 — Adding nutrient to standard antioxidant supplement didn't help ward off macular degeneration
- Regular Aspirin Use May Boost Risk of Eye Problem
December 13, 2012 — Taking aspirin regularly appears to slightly raise the risk of the eye condition known as age-related macular degeneration or AMD, new research suggests.
- Aging Eyes Are Seeing Better
June 29, 2012 — There has been a dramatic drop in vision impairment among older Americans over the last generation, new research shows.
- Stem Cells: New Hope for Macular Degeneration
January 23, 2012 — Two legally blind women with macular degeneration are the first to get new retinal cells grown from embryonic stem cells. And instead of getting progressively blinder, the women now see a little better.
- Macular Degeneration Drug Eylea Approved
November 18, 2011 — The FDA has approved Eylea for the treatment of the "wet" form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The every-other-month injection offers an alternative to AMD drugs Lucentis and Macugen.
- Avastin as Good as Lucentis for AMD Treatment
April 29, 2011 — $50 worth of Avastin prevents blindness from age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and does it just as well as $2,000 worth of Lucentis, a federally funded clinical trial finds.
- Vitamin D Levels May Affect Macular Degeneration Risk
April 11, 2011 — Women younger than 75 who get sufficient vitamin D in their diets from food and supplements may be able to significantly reduce their risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, new research indicates.
- Fatty Fish May Cut Risk of Macular Degeneration
March 14, 2011 — Eating fatty fish one or more times a week may reduce your risk for developing age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of vision loss in people aged 60 and older.
- Omega-3s May Cut Risk of Macular Degeneration
December 1, 2010 — New research indicates that diets rich in omega-3 fatty acids from fish and shellfish may be good for the eyes of older Americans, offering protection against age-related macular degeneration, a common cause of blindness in the U.S.
- Retinal Implant Restores Some Sight to Blind
November 3, 2010 — Three blind patients treated with an experimental eye implant were able to see shadows and shapes after getting the device, raising hopes that a highly anticipated new approach to treating blindness may be on the horizon.
- Mediterranean Diet May Boost Eye Health
May 11, 2009 — Eating a Mediterranean-style diet rich in fish, nuts, and olive oil may help save your sight as well as your heart, studies show.
- Gene Thwarts Dry Macular Degeneration
August 27, 2008 — A variant of the TLR3 gene may guard against "dry" age-related macular degeneration, a top cause of vision loss, Chinese and U.S. scientists report.
- Eating Fatty Fish Can Help Aging Eyes
June 9, 2008 — A review of studies shows that eating a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids helps ward off macular degeneration.
- Telescope for Macular Degeneration?
April 23, 2008 — Could an implantable miniature telescope give macular degeneration patients a vision boost when they run out of other options?
- Hormones May Cut Women's Risk of AMD
April 14, 2008 — There is growing evidence that hormone therapy may help protect older women against age-related macular degeneration -- the leading cause of age-related blindness.
- 'Robo' Gene Fights Macular Degeneration
March 17, 2008 — Activating the Robo4 gene may curb age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, preliminary tests show.
- Race May Affect Macular Degeneration
February 11, 2008 — Whites over the age of 65 may face a higher risk of losing their sight due to macular degeneration than African-Americans.
- Inflammation Linked to Eye Disease
October 8, 2007 — High levels of the inflammatory chemical C-reactive protein may make age-related macular degeneration more likely, Dutch doctors say.
- Nutrients May Help Save Eyes
September 11, 2007 — Eating foods rich in lutein and zeaxanthin (found in yellow and green veggies) may help avoid age-related macular degeneration, experts say.
- High-Sugar Foods May Affect Eyesight
July 13, 2007 — Eating lots of sugary, starchy foods may increase age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness, say Tufts Univ. experts.
- Beta-Carotene Pills May Not Help Eyes
March 14, 2007 — Beta-carotene pills may not help prevent age-related macular degeneration, researchers report in the Archives of Ophthalmology.
- Laser Won't Stop AMD Vision Loss
November 3, 2006 — It's final: Low-intensity laser treatment doesn't prevent vision loss from age-related macular degeneration, or AMD.
- FDA OKs Macular Degeneration Drug
June 30, 2006 — The FDA today approved Lucentis (ranibizumab injection) to treat patients with "wet" age-related macular degenerationmacular degeneration (AMD).
- New Eye Drugs Treat Macular Degeneration
October 17, 2005 — Despite new treatments either on the market or about to hit the market, some ophthalmologists are using an off-label medication (Avastin) to treat the growing number of patients with age-related macular degeneration.
- FDA Panel Recommends Macular Degeneration Drug
November 17, 1999 — Without taking a formal vote, an advisory panel to the FDA recommended laser therapy with the light-sensitive agent called Visudyne (verteporfin) to treat a particularly aggressive form of macular degeneration that can result in blindness.