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Archive for March 2016

Cure for Age Related Macular Degeneration?

A new clinical trial is underway to find a cure for one of the most devastating causes of blindness, Age-Related Macular Degeneration (or “AMD”).  Scientists are implanting cells behind the retina in an attempt to regenerate the layer of cells that is damaged by AMD.  If successful, the treatment could lead to cure for millions of people.  Our Saipan eye clinic will be watching these and other new developments, to bring you the best in eye care.  Read about this new frontier in AMD treatment here.

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Zika Virus and the Eye

Although Zika virus has not been identified in Saipan, it may be only a matter of time.  We do have the mosquito, and recent reports have shown the virus in the western Pacific.  Recently, a study in Brazil showed that 10 of 29 infants who had been infected with Zika virus showed signs of severe eye damage.  In this day and age of international travel, infections in one part of the world can quickly and quietly be introduced into new areas.  The doctors at Marianas Eye Institute continue to be alert to the possibility of Zika virus entering the CNMI.

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