We will post information here about early research that is not in clinical trials. Some of the research involves identifying the genetics or other causes of dry macular degeneration. Other research may be to test treatments in the laboratory.
The ARVO meeting is in May 2009 (Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology). That research conference will provide an update on preclinical research. Our enewsletter, AMD Update, will include the information from that conference, so be sure to subscribe.
Several efforts are now underway to create vision in otherwise blind eyes. While technically exciting, much more work in this area needs to be completed before anything is available to the majority of patients.
Could an electronic device in the retina replace damaged photoreceptor cells? Scientists are exploring several different avenues to see if this can be done successfully.
Early reports are encouraging from a small study of patients with dry macular degeneration or retinitis pigmentosa. Seven of the 10 people in the study showed improved visual acuity.