Penn Study Sheds Light On The Complexity Of Gene Therapy For Congenital Blindness

New research from the Scheie Eye Institute finds that gene therapy for Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA) shows long-term improvement in vision as well as advancing degeneration of affected retinal cells.  MVRF proudly supported this beneficial study.  Read the press release here!  

January 21st, 2013|

Dramatic Rise In Vision-Threatening Diseases That Are Readily Treatable

About two years ago, Fredric Kornberg was in his Bermuda hotel on business when his eyesight started doing strange things. The smoke detector on the ceiling seemed to be moving, he said, and the pinstriping on his car became "distorted, wavy." Read more...

June 25th, 2012|

MVRF Video – What Is Macular Degeneration?

Check out this great video produced by our five interns from The Shipley School over a three week period. It is candid and raw, showing the lack of knowledge of macular degeneration. A disease which will affect over TWENTY MILLION people by the year 2020.  

June 12th, 2012|

Avastin Vs Lucentis: The CATT study

Article by Maureen Maguire, PhD, Scheie Eye Institute, The University of Pennsylvania.

April 30th, 2012|

Macular Degeneration Brings An End To A 576,000 Mile Journey

A 93 year-old Florida mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother hung up they keys to her 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente. After 576,000 miles and a close call, she acknowledged that she can no longer drive because of her advanced macular degeneration. Read full article.

April 2nd, 2012|

Self-Driving Cars On The Horizon

Self-driving cars, being tested in California and Nevada, are making driving a possibility for people with low vision and other limitations. Read article. You can read more about this technology in the upcoming Spring 2012 issue of SupportSightNEWS. In this issue, internationally reknowned physician and researcher, Dr. Philip Rosenfeld, discusses this technology and how it [...]

March 30th, 2012|

Interesting Article On Eylea, New Wet AMD Drug By Regeneron

Read full article from the Reuters.

March 14th, 2012|

Dame Judi Dench Announces AMD Diagnosis

Click here to see full report.

February 18th, 2012|

Counterfeit Avastin Confirmed In U.S.

BREAKING NEWS: Important information just received from Genentech confirming the presence of counterfeit Avastin in the United States. If you are being treated with Avastin, please speak with your retinal specialist/physician to see if this could affect you. We're told the FDA will be releasing a statement shortly. For more information, please click here to [...]

February 14th, 2012|

Gene Therapy Research From Penn Vet & Scheie Eye Inst. Cures Retinitis Pigmentosa In Dogs

Members of a University of Pennsylvania research team have shown that they can prevent, or even reverse, a blinding retinal disease, X-linked Retinitis Pigmentosa, or XLRP, in dogs. The disease in humans and dogs is caused by defects in the RPGR gene and results in early, severe and progressive vision loss. It is one of the most common inherited forms of retinal degeneration in man. “Every single abnormal feature that defines the disease in the dogs was corrected following treatment,” said lead author William Beltran, assistant professor of ophthalmology at Penn’s School of Veterinary Medicine. […]

January 24th, 2012|