Round-up from the Macular Carotenoids Conference 2015

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Lloyd Snider, O.D. shares lecture topics and key takeaways from the Macular Carotenoids Conference held in Cambridge, UK July 8th-10, 2015. I’m just back and over my jet lag from the Macular Carotenoids Conference 2015, held at Downing College, University of Cambridge, UK. It was an amazing three-day event where the world’s best researchers gathered for a spirited discussion on… More →

Calcium Supplementation Linked to Higher Risk of Macular Degeneration in Older Population

A recent National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey has established a link between over consumption of calcium and a significantly increased risk of developing macular degeneration in the older population. Researchers from the University of California evaluated 3,191 people aged 40 and over who participated in a national health survey. The group consisted of 248 people who were previously diagnosed… More →

Age-related Macular Degeneration Linked to Calcium Deposits in the Eye

New research from the University of Maryland School of Medicine has found that small lumps of calcium phosphate may be an important risk factor for age-related macular degeneration. The article appeared in the latest issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and stated that this study marks the first time these tiny mineral deposits have ever been… More →

World Sight Day 2014

It’s a sobering fact: every five seconds someone in the world goes blind. Even more deplorable, about 80% of blindness cases are avoidable. In fact, around 285 million people worldwide are visually impaired due to cataracts, macular degeneration and other often avoidable causes. October 9th is World Sight Day, an international day of awareness that aims to focus attention on… More →

Choosing a White Cane

When individuals with vision loss begin finding it difficult to see a path or drop off, it’s time to start thinking about using a white cane. The white cane is just one of the many helpful tools used by people who are partially sighted to assist with mobility and safety. In fact, a quality white cane not only helps to… More →

Loss of Anti-Aging Gene Linked to Macular Degeneration

Researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center have found that the loss of an anti-aging gene may contribute to the development of macular degeneration. In fact, during their animal studies, scientists discovered that the loss of this gene led to retinal degeneration in mice. The ‘aging-suppressor gene’ in question, known as ‘Klotho’ protein (KL), is responsible for maintaining the health and… More →

Smoking Related to Risk and Progression of Macular Degeneration

For years, cigarette packets have displayed ominous illustrations of black lungs, rotten teeth and other equally disturbing images on their labels as a way to warn consumers about the health risks associated with smoking. And while today it is common knowledge that smoking causes respiratory illnesses like emphysema and lung cancer; it seems society is somewhat under informed about the… More →

Age-Related Macular Degeneration: FAQ

Your most common questions about age-related macular degeneration, answered!: Who’s the most at risk for AMD? Those over the age of 65 are at an automatic increased risk for macular degeneration. Those who smoke, are Caucasian, or have a family member with macular degeneration also have a greater risk for the disease. How do I know if I have AMD?… More →