Posts By: FFB Canada

One Year Results of Choroideremia Gene Therapy Trial

May 4th, 2014 by FFB Canada

In January, follow-up results from the first six months of the British choroideremia gene therapy trial were published. At the Association for Vision Research and Ophthalmology meeting today, the team led by Dr. Robert MacLaren and Dr. Miguel Seabra presented the outcomes for the first year of the study. Once again, Dr. MacLaren and colleagues…

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Trial of Treatment to Slow Retinitis Pigmentosa Vision Loss Begins in Italy

April 15th, 2014 by FFB Canada

An eye drop designed to slow the advance of retinitis pigmentosa has just begun testing in human clinical trials. The drug contains recombinant human Nerve Growth Factor (rhNGF), a molecule that investigators believe will help slow the death of photoreceptors, potentially protecting and extending vision. The trial will involve 50 people treated at five clinical…

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Patty’s Story: Real Life Research Results

April 14th, 2014 by FFB Canada

At the age of 58, Patty Gill noticed a dark cloud appear in the vision of one of her eyes. She didn’t think much of it at first, but after a number of visits to her eye doctor she learned she had wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) – the most severe form of a blinding…

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Geneticist’s Sight-Saving Contributions Recognized

March 31st, 2014 by FFB Canada

Dr. Jane Green’s research has improved life for thousands of people with inherited retinal diseases. Her pioneering research, supported by the Foundation Fighting Blindness, helped give many people a clear diagnosis and understanding of their disease, which is the first step in learning how to cope with it and plan for the future. Early this month,…

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A Link Between Exercise & Vision Health

March 25th, 2014 by FFB Canada

Now that spring finally seems like a possibility, there is another good reason to get out an exercise. A new study from scientists in Atlanta is beginning to explain how exercise can help protect against age-related macular degeneration (AMD) – and perhaps other retinal diseases as well. Like much research, this study was done in mice….

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Computers: Your Window To The World

March 7th, 2014 by FFB Canada

Written and submitted by Gerry Chevalier. If you are blind or have low vision, the frustration of being disconnected from the information world can be greatly reduced by using a Windows PC or Apple MAC computer. These computers are made accessible through the use of screen magnification or text-to-speech screen reading software. The inability to…

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The Terrific Sport of Blind Curling

March 3rd, 2014 by FFB Canada

Written and submitted by Fraser Hiltz. I thought I would have to discontinue a sport I really enjoyed having started playing while at University when my condition of macular degeneration was diagnosed. Luckily, another curler noticed that I needed a ride or a cab to get to the curling club and that I was struggling…

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Youth Space Spotlight: Laura

March 2nd, 2014 by FFB Canada

1. Can you share with us what retinal eye disease you have and when you were diagnosed? I received a phone call in 2007, when I was at the local College here in Victoria, BC. The woman told me that I had Retinitis Pigmentosa and I should plan to come in and follow up with…

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Assistive Technology For People With Low Vision

March 1st, 2014 by FFB Canada

While the Foundation Fighting Blindness works diligently with the scientific community to seek treatments and cures for retinal diseases like retinitis pigmentosa and age-related macular degeneration, modern technologies allow those of us who are blind or have low vision to maintain our independence and pursue lifelong learning, reading, recreation, and mobility activities. Windows Computers Computers…

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The Long White Cane

March 1st, 2014 by FFB Canada

Written and submitted by Marilyn Turner. A low-tech tool for independence and a symbol of ability The Identification Cane The white cane is the internationally recognized symbol that identifies the user as a person with a visual impairment. In many countries legislation restricts the use of a white cane to people who are blind or have…

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