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Valproic Acid as a Treatment for Retinitis Pigmentosa

Clinical trials of valproic acid for the treatment of retinitis pigmentosa began in both the USA and Korea in late 2011. As well, a smaller shorter open-label trial was begun in Japan….

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One Year Results of Choroideremia Gene Therapy Trial

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…

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Laboratory Researchers
First Gene Therapy Results for Choroideremia Suggest Cautious Optimism

The first human trial of a gene therapy for choroideremia has announced preliminary results on six people: two of these patients have experienced significant improvements in vision. The findings were published in…

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Eyelea Approved to Treat Wet AMD in Canada

An additional treatment option for people with wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) will soon be available in Canada. Health Canada has just approved Eyelea, a drug made and marketed by Bayer Inc….

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Valproic Acid: The Perils of Using Drugs Off-Label

Almost three years ago, scientists at the University of Massachusetts Medical School reported on a preliminary clinical trial of the epilepsy drug, valproic acid, as potential treatment for autosomal dominant retinitis pigmentosa…

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The Genetics of Choroideremia

Dr. Ian MacDonald and his team at the University of Alberta are internationally recognized experts in the study of choroideremia, a rare blinding disease that typically affects young men beginning in adolescence….

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Apr 25, 2019

A Message from the President and CEO For 45 years, the Foundation Fighting Blindness has raised and directed critical funding into sight-saving research for blinding eye diseases. From our earliest days as…

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Jun 10, 2019

June 21st is Yellow Day at L’Occitane en Provence! To celebrate the 2nd annual Yellow Day – and the first day of summer! – L’Occitane en Provence will donate ten percent of…

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Samantha Moore standing on a stage holding a microphone with her right hand and then point to the right with her left hand. Behind her stands Jack McCormick with his arms behind his back. On the other side of her is Patrick Losier.
Jun 10, 2019

Launched by Fighting Blindness Canada in 2015, The National Young Leaders Program offers resources to young people living with vision loss, and provides opportunities for participants to build networks, strengthen leadership skills,…

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Jun 10, 2019

Dr. Raymond Stein is a world-renowned innovator in laser eye treatment, and has played a lead role in bringing many pioneering laser procedures to Canada. Most recently, Dr. Stein became the first…

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