Exciting New Research in the Attempt to Cure Macular Degeneration

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Macular degeneration: ‘I’ve been given my sight back’ Doctors have taken a major step towards curing the most common form of blindness in the UK – age-related macular degeneration. Douglas Waters, 86, could not see out of his right eye, but “I can now read the newspaper” with it, he says. He was one of two patients given pioneering stem …

February is Age-Related Macular Degeneration Month

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Age-Related Macular Degeneration is the number one cause of severe vision loss and legal blindness in adults over 60 in the U.S. It escalates with age. It affects 14%-24% of the U.S. population aged 65-74 years and 35 – 40% of people aged 74 years or more have the disease. In other words, more than one person in three can …

5 Tips To Protect Against Macular Degeneration

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Seniors are at heightened risk for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness among older Americans. The disease damages central vision, limiting a person’s ability to read, write and recognize faces. Fortunately, there are steps people can take to lower their risk of losing vision due to AMD.  Here are five tips to protect against AMD-related vision loss: …

Patient questions …

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I have beginning macular degeneration. Is there a certain type of dark sunglasses I should wear to protect my eyes? There is no definitive scientific evidence that any particular type of sunglasses can protect against the development or progression of macular degeneration (a breakdown of tissues in the back of the eye).  However, we do encourage the wearing of sunglasses …

Retinal Detachment Emergency Treatment

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Recently on a Tuesday morning, Dr. Holekamp received a phone call at the Pepose Vision Institute from an optometrist in southern Illinois. His pastor came to the office complaining of a 3-day history of floaters, flashes, and loss of peripheral vision. The optometrist diagnosed a macula-on retinal detachment. The term “macula-on” means that the center of the retina, the macula, …

Taking birth control pills long-term linked to higher risk of glaucoma 

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A research team found women over 40 who had taken the pill for three years or more were more likely to report being diagnosed with glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness, researchers said at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.New research links birth control pills to an elevated risk of glaucoma, but does not show that the …

Dr. Holekamp Talks About Age-related macular degeneration

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Dr.  Holekamp, Director of Retina Services at Pepose Vision Institute says macular degeneration is the leading cause of severe vision loss in people 60 years and older. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) never makes you totally blind, but it can leave you legally blind. Even in advanced cases, you can still function somewhat normally, but you can no longer read or …

Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month

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Do you or someone you love have diabetes? If so, did you know that every diabetic individual needs a yearly dilated retinal examination? This is true even if you have no vision problems. The retinal hemorrhaging associated with diabetes has no symptoms at first, but once vision is affected it becomes much more difficult to treat. In fact, diabetes is …

Results from an AMD trial

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CATT Trial Injections for Treatment of Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration or AMD Reported in the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Holekamp, our Director of Retina Services, reported that the results of the head-to-head trial comparing Avastin injections to Lucentis injections for treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration or AMD were reported in the New England Journal of Medicine. The …