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FDA Approves Luxturna (voretigene neparvovec-rzyl) Gene Therapy to Treat Patients with a Rare Form of Inherited Vision Loss

Posted 20 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

December 19, 2017 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Luxturna (voretigene neparvovec-rzyl), a new gene therapy, to treat children and adult patients with an inherited form of vision loss that may result in blindness. Luxturna is the first directly administered gene therapy approved in the U.S. that targets a disease caused by mutations in a specific gene. “Today’s approval mar ...

Gene Therapy, Luxturna (Voretigene Neparvovec-rzyl), Approved for Rare Inherited Vision-Loss Disorders

Posted 20 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 19, 2017 – Luxturna, a form of gene therapy, has been approved to treat a rare group of inherited vision disorders that can lead to blindness. The disorders are broadly grouped together and known as biallelic RPE65 mutation-associated retinal dystrophy. They affect a combined 1,000 to 2,000 people in the United States, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday in a news ...

FDA Approves Gene Therapy, Luxturna (Voretigene Neparvovec-rzyl) for Rare Form of Blindness

Posted 20 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 19, 2017 – A new gene therapy to treat children and adults with a rare type of inherited vision loss has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It's the first gene therapy approved in the United States for a disease caused by mutations in a specific gene, and only the third gene therapy ever approved. People with this disorder "now have a chance for improved ...

Doctors Eye the Danger From 'Nerf' Guns

Posted 19 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 18, 2017 – Nerf guns can be great fun for kids – until someone damages an eye, doctors warn. Nerf guns or "blasters" are hugely popular toys – used by kids and adults alike – that shoot a soft foam "dart" or "bullet." But a new report from emergency department doctors at one British hospital is raising concerns that the toy guns might not be as harmless as once thought. The ...

Did You Damage Your Eyes Viewing the Eclipse?

Posted 22 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 22, 2017 – Millions across America watched the total or partial solar eclipse on Monday, but not everyone heeded eye-safety advice. "After the solar eclipse, we have already seen dozens of patients with concerns ranging from headaches to subjective blurry vision," noted Dr. Avnish Deobhakta. He's an ophthalmologist at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai in New York ...

Successful Guide Dogs Come From 'Tough Love' Moms

Posted 7 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 7, 2017 – Newborn puppies whose mothers let them struggle a little are more likely to succeed in guide dog training than those with doting moms, a new study suggests. "It's remarkable," said study leader Emily Bray, who recently earned a Ph.D. in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. "It seems that puppies need to learn how to deal with small challenges at this early age ...

Generic Eye Drops for Seniors Could Save Millions of Dollars a Year

Posted 28 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 28, 2017 – Prescribing generic drugs for seniors' eye problems could save the U.S. government hundreds of millions of dollars a year, a new study suggests. Conditions like glaucoma and dry eye that require daily eye drops are common in old age. University of Michigan researchers report that eye doctors caring for seniors prescribe brand-name medications in more than three-quarters ...

Is Annual Eye Exam a Must for People With Type 1 Diabetes?

Posted 20 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 19, 2017 – People with type 1 diabetes face the risk of developing a disease that can cause blindness, so treatment guidelines have long called for annual eye exams. But new research suggests this one-size-fits-all advice is costly and ineffective, because people with a low risk may need less-frequent screenings while people at high risk may need to be seen more often. Diabetic ...

Brain 'Rewires' to Work Around Early-Life Blindness

Posted 22 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 – Blindness at an early age triggers the brain to make new connections that enhance hearing, smell and touch, as well as memory and language, a new study suggests. Researchers used MRIs to scan the brains of 12 people who were born blind or lost their sight by age 3. The scans showed a number of changes in the brains of the people who were blind that weren't present in ...

For Seniors, Treatment for One Eye Disease May Cause Another

Posted 16 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 16, 2017 – Drugs that preserve vision in people with the eye disease called age-related macular degeneration might increase the risk of another eye condition – glaucoma, a new study suggests. People who received at least seven eye injections of the drug bevacizumab (Avastin) each year to treat macular degeneration have a higher risk of eventually needing surgery to treat ...

Eye Exam Might Help Spot Poor Circulation in Legs

Posted 9 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 – Could a routine eye exam some day point to trouble with circulation in the legs? New research suggests it might be possible. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore said changes in the eye's retina may help spot people at risk for a narrowing of the large blood vessels in the legs – a condition called peripheral artery disease (PAD). "PAD is estimated to ...

'Halo' Effect Common After Lasik Eye Surgery

Posted 2 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 2, 2016 – Nine out of 10 Lasik laser eye surgery patients report satisfaction afterwards. But a sizable percentage experience new visual disturbances – like seeing halos around lights – up to six months after the procedure, a new study finds. "While Lasik has long since been proven safe and effective over decades of use, a small but significant subset of patients report ...

Lengthy Space Missions May Harm Astronauts' Vision

Posted 28 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 28, 2016 – Researchers have pinpointed the cause of a vision problem affecting astronauts who have completed long-duration space missions. The condition – called visual impairment intracranial pressure (VIIP) – has been reported by nearly two-thirds of astronauts after extended time on the International Space Station. The astronauts experienced blurred vision and were found to ...

Nearly 6 in 10 Diabetics Skip Eye Exams, Study Finds

Posted 10 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 10, 2016 – Almost two-thirds of people with diabetes don't get annual eye exams, despite having an increased risk for serious eye disease and vision loss, researchers say. About one in 10 Americans has diabetes. Having a dilated eye exam yearly or more often can prevent 95 percent of diabetes-related vision loss, the study authors said. "Vision loss is tragic, especially when it ...

Paintball Causes Many Vision-Robbing Eye Injuries

Posted 3 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 4, 2016 – Paintball guns pose the greatest risk of vision loss among the sports most commonly associated with eye injuries, a new study finds. Basketball, cycling and baseball injuries to the eye occur more often than paintball-related eye accidents. But the popular air guns are far more likely to impair sight when an eye injury occurs, at least in the short term, researchers say. ...

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