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Oils ain't oils

Posted by Michael Forrest on 26 May 2013 | 0 Comments

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As I’ve written before, macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in Australia, and 1 in 7 Australians over 50 suffer from it. Although the wet, aggressive, neovascular form is justifiably feared, there are pharmacological treatments widely available that for many patients salvage or restore vision. The dry, atrophic, form remains untreatable, and in some patients it inexorably progresses to its most advanced form, geographic atrophy (GA). In patients with GA there may be no functional macula tissue remaining, and central vision is lost.

Smoking and Vision

Posted by Michael Forrest on 26 February 2012 | 0 Comments

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Last year a study published in the journal Optometry reported that Australian smokers are far more likely to know that smoking causes blindness than smokers in the US, UK or Canada. The investigators, who measured the health knowledge of smokers through telephone surveys, found that less than 10% of smokers in the US and the UK were aware of the link between smoking and blindness, but that in Australia, the only country of the 4 with a national awareness campaign about smoking and eye health, almost half of smokers were aware of the effects of smoking on vision.

Stem Cells for Macular Degeneration

Posted by Michael Forrest on 30 January 2012 | 0 Comments

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One of the most difficult things in health care, both for patients and doctors, is dealing with diseases and conditions that have no treatment. The most common condition like this that I encounter is dry macular degeneration.

CATT is Good News for Macular Degeneration Patients

Posted by Michael Forrest on 7 May 2011 | 0 Comments

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Last week the New England Journal of Medicine published the study eye care professionals have long been waiting for, comparing treatments for macular degeneration (AMD). The CATT study (“Comparison of Age-Related Macular Degeneration Treatments Trials”) was funded by the American National Eye Institute (NEI) to compare Lucentis and Avastin head-to-head in the treatment of AMD. 


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Dr Forrest practices at Northside Eye Specialists, based at Chermside, North Brisbane. He also consults at Blackwood Street, Mitchelton.

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