Research points towards new blindness prevention methods in diabetic eye disease

By combining data on optometry patient's eyes with advanced computational methods, Indiana University researchers have created a virtual tissue model of diabetes in the eye. The results, reported in the journal PLOS Computational Biology, show precisely how a small protein that can both damage or grow blood vessels in the eye causes vision loss and blindness in people with diabetes. The study … [Read more...]

Patient-reported outcomes and visual acuity after 12 months of anti-VEGF-treatment for sight-threatening diabetic macular edema in a real world setting

This study was an evaluation, at 12 months follow-up, of anti VEGF treatment for diabetic macular edema conducted in a real world setting.  To examine objective visual acuity measured with ETDRS, retinal thickness (OCT), patient reported outcome and describe levels of glycated hemoglobin and its association with the effects on visual acuity in patients treated with anti-VEGF for visual impairment … [Read more...]

Allergan Makes an Eye-Opening Acquisition

Global pharmaceutical company Allergan (NYSE:AGN) may have just revealed its plans for the future.  On Aug. 11, the company announced its plan to acquire ForSight Vision5, a privately held biotech.  Allergan will pay $95 million up front and will also pay a milestone payment next year if ForSight's innovative glaucoma treatment device makes it through the FDA gauntlet and is successfully launched. … [Read more...]

Gene-based agents for the treatment of congenital eye diseases

Pharmacologists at LMU have developed gene-based agents for the treatment of congenital eye diseases. The first of these is now undergoing a phase-I clinical trial in color-blind patients at the University Medical Center in Tübingen. Is this approach translatable in principle to other visual disorders? Michalakis: About 200 genes have been identified which, when mutated, lead to monogenetic … [Read more...]

Intraocular therapy prevents or reverses diabetic retinopathy in mice

Pathologic changes of the retina caused by diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in working adults. Diabetic retinopathy has no known cure, treatment options are inadequate, and prevention strategies offer limited protection. In the first of its kind, a report in The American Journal of Pathology describes a potential new intraocular treatment based on manipulating the renin angiotensin … [Read more...]

Retinal Remodeling And Metabolic Alterations in Human AMD

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a progressive retinal degeneration resulting in central visual field loss, ultimately causing debilitating blindness.  While many genetic and environmental risk factors are known for AMD, we currently know less about the mechanisms mediating disease progression.  The goal of this article is to illustrate cell types impacted in AMD and demonstrate the … [Read more...]

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