Category: Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

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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Top Tech Tips from a Low Vision Specialist [Facebook Live] (Video)

March 6th, 2018 by FFB Canada

On Friday, February 23rd at 12 pm (EST) the Foundation Fighting Blindness visited Dr. Ana Juricic, the Low Vision Doctor, to get her advice on low vision aids and technology. Watch the video below to learn more about exciting advancements and new technologies that could assist people living with vision loss. CLICK HERE to view more…

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Vitamins, Vitality, and Vision Loss

February 6th, 2018 by FFB Canada

“Eat your carrots!” is a refrain that conjures nostalgia—and sometimes dread—for many of us. But it looks like parents around the world were on to something. Carrots won’t give you the eyesight of a superhero, but they contain enough beta-carotene to contribute to healthier eyes. Beta-carotene is used by the body to produce vitamin A,…

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A Visit with Dr. Netan Choudry at his Clinic [Facebook Live] (Video)

November 23rd, 2017 by FFB Canada

Watch our Facebook Live Session from November 23, 2017, with Dr. Netan Choudhry, a world-renowned retina expert! We were excited to visit him in his clinic, the Vitreous Retina Macula Specialists of Toronto, and talk with him about his current work! CLICK HERE to view more Facebook Live videos.

Clinician-Scientist Emerging Leader Award: Dr. Brian Ballios

November 1st, 2017 by FFB Canada

Dr. Brian Ballios has restored vision in mice, but he is not stopping there. He is on a mission to develop stem cell therapies for people living with blindness and has a plan to get there. Dr. Ballios and other clinician-scientists are essential players in the translation of pre-clinical vision research into clinical trials and…

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