Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

10 Years of Cycle for Sight

July 10th, 2018 by FFB Canada

In 2009, Dave Sweeny, Michael Ovens, Erin George, and Martin de Sousa came together to develop a new way to raise funds in the fight against blindness. Their vision became a reality when, along with 45 other riders, they hit the road on a rainy day in Toronto for the first Cycle for Sight. That…

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Dr. Mike Sapieha Wins Prestigious Cogan Award

July 10th, 2018 by FFB Canada

Did you know that obesity is the second most important environmental risk factor for wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD)? At the FFB, we are very proud to be funding Dr. Mike Sapieha, who is leading a study to understand how high-fat diets may impact the progression of dry AMD to the more severe, “wet” form…

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2018 Summer InVision Newsletter

June 12th, 2018 by FFB Canada

Our 2018 Summer InVision newsletter is now fully accessible and available online! This issue includes the following stories: – Promising Results Show the Potential for Stem-Cell Therapies to Restore Vision – Stem Cells & Vision Repair – Top 5 Vision Health Tips This Summer – Lorna Rosenstein: A Pillar of Hope, Strength, and Dedication in…

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Getting an Eye Exam with Optometrist Dr. Kevin Anderson [Facebook Live] (Video)

May 18th, 2018 by FFB Canada

Watch our Facebook Live session from May 17, 2018, where we visited Shoppes of Angus Glen Optometry and spoke with optometrist, Dr. Kevin Anderson. In honour of Vision Health Month, Dr. Anderson took April Watts, Manager of Communications at the FFB, through an eye exam as well as shared essential vision care tips. We upload our Facebook…

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2018 Vision Quest Education Series Kicks Off in London (Videos)

May 1st, 2018 by FFB Canada

Each year, the Foundation Fighting Blindness holds several Vision Quest educational events across the country. Our first Vision Quest of 2018 took place on April 28 in London, Ontario where we were grateful to have Dr. Tom Sheidow volunteering his time and sharing his expertise with a crowd of more than 250 people. We’re pleased…

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Behind-the-Scenes Lab Tour with Dr. Brian Ballios [Facebook Live] (Video)

April 18th, 2018 by FFB Canada

Watch a special “behind-the-scenes” Facebook LIVE with Dr. Brian Ballios where we toured the lab and talked about research focusing on developing stem cell transplantation therapies for inherited retinal diseases. We upload our Facebook Live videos to Youtube in order to provide closed-captioning and more accessibility for our viewers. This video, however, is also available…

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Protecting Patients by Encouraging Oversight: Can Civil Lawsuits Help?

April 3rd, 2018 by Guest Contributor

Stem cell treatments have been advertised as miracle cures for many illnesses, including vision loss. But, not all advertised “treatments” have evidence that they will work, and some have proven dangerous. Last year, three patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) were blinded after paying for stem cell injections. As a result, several patients, including those…

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The Difference Between Gene Therapy and Stem Cell Therapy [Facebook Live] (Video)

March 28th, 2018 by FFB Canada

Watch our Facebook Live session, from Friday, March 23, where we were joined online by special guest, Dr. Jill Dolgin from the gene therapy company, AGTC. Dr. Mary Sunderland also talked about the difference between gene therapy and stem cell therapy. News stories that Dr. Sunderland references in the above video: Everything You Need to…

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Stem cell therapy for vision loss: Will it work for you?

March 23rd, 2018 by Dr. Mary Sunderland

In 2015, after a flurry of stem cell developments were profiled in the media, I wrote this story to help answer one of the most popular questions that we receive about stem cell therapies for blindness and sight loss: will they work for you and for your eye disease? On March 19, 2018, the results…

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Experimental Stem Cell Treatment for Macular Degeneration Restores Vision

March 21st, 2018 by FFB Canada

Stem cells are making headlines again! This is good news, especially for those living with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the most common blinding eye disease in people over the age of 50. Macular degeneration accounts for almost 50 percent of all visual impairment in the developed world and affects more than a million Canadians. The…

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