Until now, there has been no proven way to treat central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO). But, the Standard Care vs. Corticosteroid for Retinal Vein Occlusion (SCORE) study, published in September’s Archives of Ophthalmology, has found that triamcinolone injections can reduce CRVO-related vision loss. Treated patients were also five times more likely to gain vision than non-treated patients.  

AMD Alliance International is hosting a video contest about age-related macular degeneration. The grand prize: $10,000. Entrants should submit original videos (less than three minutes) that creatively communicate the impact of AMD. “The video submissions will dramatize the societal, psychological and physiological effects of AMD,” says Wanda Hamilton, CEO of AMD Alliance International. “Our goal is that after viewing the videos … people will be motivated to get regular eye exams.” Videos will be judged on originality, creativity, effectiveness, production quality and YouTube hits. The deadline is February 28, 2010. Winners will be announced March 31, 2010. For details, go to www.AMDAlliance.org.  

Low vision? There’s an app for that. A new $1.99 application (“app”) for the Apple iPhone allows the device to be used as a 4x magnifying glass. The iMagnify application, from Tech 1, LLC, provides pinpoint precision to read fine print or ranges broad enough to sweep across the page of a book, the company says. iMagnify is available in the Apple App Store and through the application’s website, www.imagnifyapplication.com.