November 17, 2003 |
An experimental drug that blocks abnormal blood vessel growth in the eye is an effective treatment for the leading cause of age-related blindness, according to new research. Macugen -- a drug being developed by Pfizer Inc. and Eyetech Pharmaceuticals Inc., both based in New York -- was 27% more effective than a placebo at limiting vision loss in patients with the "wet" form of macular degeneration in a late-stage trial, said Dr.
December 17, 2010 |
John Wilkinson lost the sight in his left eye when he was a kid. Over the summer, vision in his good eye began to wane. An Orlando Sentinel story explains: "Every day, it gradually got worse," said Wilkinson, who lives in Casselberry, Fla. "And then I woke up one day and I couldn't see my hand in front of my face. " Wilkinson went blind for the same reason many others do, especially older people. "Cataracts are the number one cause of reversible blindness in the world," Dr. David Auerbach of Maitland, Fla., says in the story.
June 20, 1988 |
About 600,000 Americans are legally blind, according to the American Foundation for the Blind. Individuals are classified as legally blind, which entitles them to certain tax preferences and other benefits, when they can see objects no more than 20 feet away. Normally sighted persons can see at 200 feet. Only 10% of the legally blind are totally blind; most have some vision. Another 2.5 million Americans are visually impaired, which means they are unable to read ordinary-size print.
July 1, 2007 |
Cardtronics Inc., the nation's largest nonbank owner of automated teller machines, will make most of its ATMs accessible to the blind by 2010 under an agreement settling a lawsuit filed by the National Federation of the Blind and Massachusetts Atty. Gen. Martha Coakley. Houston-based Cardtronics operates about 24,000 ATMs in locations including Albertsons supermarkets, CVS Caremark Corp. pharmacies and Target Corp. stores.
November 12, 2003 |
Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc. said Tuesday that it will donate nearly half a billion dollars' worth of the antibiotic Zithromax to treat 135 million people for trachoma, an infectious disease that has blinded 6 million people worldwide. The gift will make the drug available over the next five years, providing a major impetus toward the World Health Organization's goal of eliminating the disease by 2020.
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March 22, 1997 |
When Arnie and Lilly Rubin of Encino learned their second child, daughter Laurie, was blind, they set out to stimulate her other senses with textures, scents and classical music. They didn't know then that their efforts would inspire her. Rubin, now 18 and an accomplished singer, was one of two in the nation to be named a 1997 Very Special Arts Panasonic Young Soloist, a title given each year to talented young musicians with disabilities.