Stem Cells Restore Sight to Macular Degeneration Patients

Patients with wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) received a new treatment derived from stem cells and have regained reading vision. 
The study is a major milestone for the London Project to Cure Blindness (a partnership between Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and the National Institute for Health Research). Professor Pete Coffey from UCL said the research may lead to “an affordable 'off-the-shelf' therapy… within the next five years”. However, Macular Degeneration New Zealand, and Macular Disease Foundation Australia have advised caution, more work is needed before this can occur. 

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New Research: Exercise May Reduce the Risk of Glaucoma

People who are doing moderate to vigorous physical activity may significantly lower their risk of glaucoma, according to research presented at the 121st Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). Tseng et al from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) reported a 73% lower incidence of glaucoma among the most physically active study participants, compared with the least active. 

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