What is Visual Snow?

Visual Snow is a condition that appears similar to static on a television set, appearing across the entire visual field. Learn more ...

What are Floaters?

Floaters are a condition characterized by the appearance of specks, or spots appearing either intermittently, or constantly across the visual field. Learn more ...

What is Macular Degeneration?

Macular Degeneration is a visual disturbance that can result in loss of central vision, which often entails inability to see fine details, to read, or to recognize faces. Learn more ...

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AAN Annual Meeting

Dr. Goadsby and Dr. Schankin will also be discussing the topic of visual snow at? the? annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology. This? is set for April 21 through 28, 2012, in New Orleans. The AAN Annual Meeting will feature more than 2,000 scientific research presentations and key lectures on the latest advancements in the prevention and treatment of brain disorders. This is the first time that visual snow will have this sort of exposure and credibility within the medical community. To view the abstract please go to this URL:

http://www.abstracts2view.com/aan/view.php?nu=AAN12L_S36_006&terms=

 
DONATIONS NEEDED TO FUND PATIENT TESTING AT UCSF FOR VISUAL SNOW STUDY

I am very pleased to let you all know that patient testing is about to get underway at UCSF for visual snow. This is a huge step to finding out what is causing the condition, which will hopefully lead to a treatment in the future. The patients have already been selected to participate in this first part of the study. We still need your help though. We are in need of $20,000 to help fund this testing. Patients will undergo brain imaging (PET scans) in hopes to find differences between those with visual snow and the control group selected. Funds are needed immediately as to not delay any forward progress with UCSF. Donations can be made through the website by clicking "donate" on the home page of eyeonvision.org. We are a small community of sufferers, so we need all of your support at this time to provide UCSF with the funds needed to proceed.

?I would personally like to thank everyone who participated in the? phone interviews with Dr. Schankin. Without everyone being so willing to get on board, there wouldn't be a study at all, so thank you.?


 
Visual Snow Study Needs Particpants for Phone Interview

I am so pleased to tell you that we have received the approval to start a new study into Visual Snow through The University of California, San Francisco Headache Center. . The Eye On Vision Foundation has worked very hard the past few years to get another study off the ground, and I could not be happier that we have finally succeeded. What does this mean for you, as a VS patient? We need your participation in a simple 30 minute phone interview with one of the lead doctor from the study.?

Dr. Goadsby and Dr. Schankin from UCSF are 100% committed to this research, and are very motivated to help find the cause and hopefully a treatment plan.

To participate in this Visual Snow study ( a short, very simple phone interview)? please contact the doctors at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

(make sure to add that email address to your address book with your email provider, so you receive your response back and it doesn't end up in the spam folder)

This is the first research of its kind into Visual Snow and after working so hard to get this study off the ground, we need your help. If you've been suffering from VS, no matter when you started suffering, or how severe it currently is, please get in touch with the doctors behind this study as soon as you possibly can.

( If this is your first time to the site, my contact information is available through the "About The Foundation" link up top. Please feel free to get in touch with any questions you might have. )


 
Associations between Aspirin Use and Aging Macula Disorder: The European Eye Study

A new study shows that daily asprin use is tied to vision loss.

?http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0161642011005689

 


 
Frost & Sullivan Lauds MacuCLEAR's Development of a Potentially Blockbuster Drug for Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration

MacuCLEAR focuses on improving the blood flow in dry AMD patients

 

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - Oct. 3, 2011 - Based on its recent analysis of the retinal diseases market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes MacuCLEAR, Inc. with the 2011 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for New Product Innovation for its flagship drug, MC-1101. This drug treats very early stages of dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD) before it can progress to wet AMD and eventually, blindness.

When people age, the blood flow to the eye reduces, resulting in a build-up of waste, particularly in the Bruch's membrane. This thickening of the membrane causes it to rupture. When the body tries to form new vessels to compensate for the reduced blood flow, they too will breakdown and bleed in the retina when the Bruch's membrane ruptures.

MacuCLEAR's MC-1101 has the ability to restore blood flow by causing vasodilation of the choroid vessels, removing the accumulated waste, and delivering anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative effects. An analysis of the choroidal blood data suggests that MC-1101 may reach the back of the eye at the macular area to improve choroidal blood circulation following topical ocular instillation.

"Unlike the currently available AMD treatments that are injected into the eyeball, MC-1011 is a topical drug," said Frost & Sullivan Industry Manager Jennifer Brice. "MacuCLEAR has evaluated several novel eye drop delivery systems to facilitate the most effective delivery of MC-1101."

MacuCLEAR has had a collaborative business relationship with Mystic Pharmaceuticals, Inc. to combine MC-1011 with its novel VersiDoser? delivery system. Standard eyedroppers often deliver too large drops into the eye causing product waste and compliance issues, especially with the elderly population. The VersiDoser? delivery system, however, consists of individually packaged drops which can be precisely sized and accurately delivered with a unique dispenser that makes it a safe, effective, and easier way to deliver ophthalmic medicine versus traditional eyedroppers. The choice of which novel delivery system will primarily depend on MacuCLEAR's strategic marketing partner.

Due to the high unmet need and lack of treatments for dry AMD, MacuCLEAR has been granted Fast Track status by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Going through the abbreviated approval pathway will require less data collection, lower cost of production, reduced time for approval and, ultimately, diminished prices for consumers.

MacuCLEAR's team has a combined experience of more than 75 years in the development and commercialization of life science technologies. The dry AMD market has a potential of more than $5 billion, especially with the rise in population of the elderly and a doubling of AMD cases by 2050.

So far, MacuCLEAR is unique in its focus on increasing the blood flow in dry AMD patients. Its competitors are working on uncovering the potential causes of cellular debris and none of them have been able to progress past Phase II for the treatment of dry AMD.

"MacuCLEAR's MC-1101 has already completed Phase Ib, a Proof of Concept human trial," said Brice. "The results of the study demonstrated that MC-1011 is safe with a low incidence of treatment-emergent adverse events that were generally mild in severity."

MacuCLEAR is ready to initiate Phase 3a efficacy trial. Upon successful conclusion of this trial, the company expects to secure a strategic partnership with a big pharma company to complete a 3b study and bring this drug to market.

Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that demonstrates innovation in developing a product. The recipient leverages leading edge technologies to offer value-added features while increasing the ROI for customers. In turn, the innovation enables the company to acquire new customers and increase their market penetration.

Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis and extensive secondary research to identify best practices in the industry.

About MacuCLEAR, Inc.

MacuCLEAR, Inc. is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of novel solutions for the treatment of vascular disorders of the eye. MacuCLEAR's lead product is MC-1101 for the treatment of dry AMD. MC-1101 has successfully completed a Phase Ib/Proof of Concept human clinical trial.

About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, enables clients to accelerate growth and achieve best-in-class positions in growth, innovation and leadership. The company's Growth Partnership Service provides the CEO and the CEO's Growth Team with disciplined research and best-practice models to drive the generation, evaluation, and implementation of powerful growth strategies. Frost & Sullivan leverages 50 years of experience in partnering with Global 1000 companies, emerging businesses and the investment community from more than 40 offices on six continents. To join our Growth Partnership, please visit http://www.awards.frost.com.

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Mireya Espinoza
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http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/press-release-print.pag?docid=243660073&ctxixpLabel=FcmCtx4


 
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