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  • Image depicting the genetic code sequence in a medical science laboratory that tests for Alzheimer's disease
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    Genetic Testing for Alzheimer’s Disease

    Learn about the most common genes associated with the early- and late-onset forms of Alzheimer’s disease, and the current recommendations for genetic testing.

    November 11, 2019
  • New Diagnosis?

    Managing a mind and sight disease is a journey. And you’re not alone. We can help.

  • An eye doctor viewing the retina of a young woman who has Best's disease.
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    Best's Disease

    There are several hereditary vision diseases that affect the macula, the central part of the retina that is responsible for providing sharp, clear, straight-ahead vision. One of them, called Best’s disease, is also known as vitelliform macular dystrophy.

    September 30, 2019
  • Image depicting the genetic code sequence in a medical science laboratory that tests for Alzheimer's disease
    Expert

    Genetic Testing for Alzheimer’s Disease

    Learn about the most common genes associated with the early- and late-onset forms of Alzheimer’s disease, and the current recommendations for genetic testing.

    November 11, 2019
  • New Diagnosis?

    Managing a mind and sight disease is a journey. And you’re not alone. We can help.

  • Health foods, including whole grains, green leafy and other vegetables, berries, fish, poultry, beans, nuts, and olive oil
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    Diet and Alzheimer’s Disease

    Learn helpful information on the role of diet and brain health, based on the latest research.

    September 9, 2019
  • What happens to your brain during Alzheimer's Disease?

    Track how nerve cells and the brain change from healthy to affected by mild and then severe Alzheimer's disease.
  • An eye doctor viewing the retina of a young woman who has Best's disease.
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    Best's Disease

    There are several hereditary vision diseases that affect the macula, the central part of the retina that is responsible for providing sharp, clear, straight-ahead vision. One of them, called Best’s disease, is also known as vitelliform macular dystrophy.

    September 30, 2019
  • New Diagnosis?

    Managing a mind and sight disease is a journey. And you’re not alone. We can help.

  • By 202040 million

    People will have visual impairments from advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
  • A senior couple talking with their doctor about risk factors for primary open-angle glaucoma
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    Risk Factors of Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma

    Much of the information about the risk factors for primary open-angle glaucoma are based on population-based studies in which large groups of patients have been examined and followed over time. Learn about these well-described risk factors.

    September 16, 2019
  • New Diagnosis?

    Managing a mind and sight disease is a journey. And you’re not alone. We can help.

  • An eye doctor talking with a patient about open-angle glaucoma treatments
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    Treatments for Open-Angle Glaucoma

    There are many effective and different treatments for open-angle glaucoma, but the one unifying concept is that all current treatments are designed to lower eye pressure.

    August 5, 2019
  • More than3 million

    Americans aged 40 and older have glaucoma. It is estimated that the number will double to 6 million people by 2050.

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Promising Science

  • Illustration showing amyloid plaques

    Can We Clear Toxic Proteins from the Brain? An Encouraging Breakthrough

    Research by BrightFocus grantee Matthew Campbell, PhD, of Trinity College Dublin, suggests a unique way to help clear the brain of toxic amyloid beta protein, which contributes to the development of Alzheimer’s.
  • Rendition of mineral, fat, and protein deposits in a cell.

    Scientists Uncover New Clues About How Macular Degeneration Forms

    An international research team has uncovered some clues to how age-related macular degeneration (AMD) begins, and their findings could lead to new avenues of research and early diagnosis.
  • Alzheimer’s in a Petri Dish

    In what is being hailed a “game changer” for Alzheimer’s research, researchers Rudolph E. Tanzi, PhD, and Se Hoon Choi, PhD, both BrightFocus grantees, have done the impossible. Together with their colleagues, they have managed to grow human brain cells in a laboratory for use in Alzheimer’s testing.