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.
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.
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.
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March 15, 2010 |
Dr. Arnall Patz, a Johns Hopkins University physician who discovered and eliminated a major cause of blindness in children, died Thursday of heart disease at his home in Pikesville, Md. He was 89. The director emeritus of the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins, he was considered a pivotal figure in the history of ophthalmology. His work won him a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004 and a Lasker Award for his research into the causes and prevention of blindness. As a young doctor training in Washington, D.C., after World War II, Patz observed that a new incubator, sealed to contain an inner climate, was enabling doctors to save premature babies "But something was wrong," Patz said in a 2004 Baltimore Sun profile.
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.