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Irv Arons Healthy Living Professional

Peabody, Massachusetts
I am now retired after spending the last 30 years consulting in ophthalmic and medical lasers and ophthalmic technologies. I was on the staff of Arthur D. Little for 25 years, heading its Ophthalmic and Medical Laser Consulting Group. After my retirement from ADL, I ran my own consulting firm,... Full Bio
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A Laser Process for Changing Brown Eyes Blue by Irv Arons Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine `Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue' was a smash hit song(1) for Crystal Gale in 1977. But it has been a wish for many a young girl with brown eyes (and even some older ones a ... Read on »
Avalanche Update 2: Avalanche and Univ. Of Washington Collaborate to Defeat Color Blindness by Irv Arons Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Avalanche Biotechnologies and the University of Washington Enter Into Exclusive License Agreement to Develop Gene Therapy Approach to Treat Color Blindness As reported by ... Read on »
Oraya IRay Update 3: Oraya Now Operating at Nine European Centers and Partnership with Carl Zeiss... by Irv Arons Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine The last time I checked in on Oraya, in March 2013 ( Oraya IRay Update 2: INTREPID Two-year Results Meet Primary Clinical Endpoint - Results in At Least 35% Fewer anti-VEGF ... Read on »
Iluvien Update 9: Additional Marketing Approvals; A New Ophthalmic Application; and An Interesting... by Irv Arons Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Since I last wrote about Iluvien back in September ( Iluvien Update 8: Alimera Sciences Receives FDA Approval of Iluvien for Treatment of DME ), when Alimera Sciences and pS ... Read on »
Stem Cells in Ophthalmology Update 28: First Ophthalmic Stem Cell Treatment Recommended for Approval by Irv Arons Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine On December 19th, the European Medicines Agency's (EMA's) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) recommended the stem cell product Holoclar (Chiesi Farmaceuti ... Read on »
Stem Cells in Ophthalmology Update 27: ACT Interim Clinical Results Are Outstanding by Irv Arons Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Having treated 36 patients in two clinical trials for Stargardt’s Macular Dystrophy (SMD - 24 patients to date) and for dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD - 12 patien ... Read on »
Iluvien Update 8: Alimera Sciences Receives FDA Approval of Iluvien for Treatment of DME by Irv Arons Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine After several attempts to gain approval for its NDA for Ilunien, the FDA has finally seen the light (after approval in the UK, Germany, and marketing or pending approvals in ... Read on »
Retina Revealed by Irv Arons Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Over the weekend, I read an excellent account of how the various parts of the retina work. Ben Shaberman, the senior science writer for the Eye on the Cure blog ( Foundatio ... Read on »
Stem Cells in Ophthalmology Update 26: First Wet AMD Patient Treated With RPE Derived from iPS Cells by Irv Arons Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Earlier this week, it was reported that Masayo Takahashi, an ophthalmologist at the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology (CDB) in Kobe had appeared in front of a 19-member ... Read on »
A Potential New Approach to the Treatment of Retinitis Pigmentosa by Irv Arons Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine In a recently published study (1), researchers at the Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) have come up with a novel approach in developing an individualized treatment ... Read on »
An Update on Avalanche Biotechnologies: A Potential Longer-Lasting Wet AMD Treatment? by Irv Arons Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine There is breaking news this week about Avalanche Biotechnologies and I would like to share it, as well as a brief update on the clinical trial underway using their proprieta ... Read on »
A New Approach for Repairing/Rejuvenating Damaged Photoreceptors and Other Retinal Tissue for... by Irv Arons Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Over the past several years, I have written about new technologies for treating retinal diseases, including the use of drugs (Avastin, Lucentis and Eylea for wet AMD), laser ... Read on »
Reversing Retinal Cell Death With Inkjet Printing? by Irv Arons Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine For the past several months, I have been working with Mark Hillen, the editor of The Ophthalmologist, in providing him with background information about stem cells and gene ... Read on »
Laser Refractive Keratoplasty: The Rest of the Story by Irv Arons Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine In 1989, I wrote a paper published by Arthur D. Little, A White Paper - The Evolution and Prospects for Laser Refractive Keratoplasty . This was the first paper I wrote on t ... Read on »
AMD Update 25: Results of The AREDS2 HOME Study of Notal Vision’s Home Monitoring Device for... by Irv Arons Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine In April of 2010, I wrote about the inclusion of Notal Vision’s ForseeHome AMD Monitor in the AREDS2 clinical trial. The overall objective of the two arm randomized clin ... Read on »
AMD Update 24: DARPins Phase 2 Trial Results Fall Short by Irv Arons Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Back in February, I first reported on Allergan’s DARPins in my Update 23: DARPins, The Next “Game Changer” for Wet AMD? In that report, I wrote that Molecular Partners’ MPO1 ... Read on »
Gene Therapy in Ophthalmology Update 21: New Gene Therapy Company, Spark Therapeutics, Launches by Irv Arons Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) announced that it had spun off its work in gene therapy to a new, fully integrated company, Spark Therapeutics , that will assum ... Read on »
Gene Therapy in Ophthalmology Update 20: Oxford BioMedica Clinical Trials Resume by Irv Arons Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Back in June, Oxford BioMedica announced that it had voluntarily paused recruitment for its clinical trials for wet AMD  (RetinoStat Phase I), Stargardt’s Disease (StarGen ... Read on »
Research in Retinal Disease: The Foundation Fighting Blindness Invests $2.1 Million in Seven New... by Irv Arons Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine As I continually search the web for interesting news about new technologies for treating retinal diseases, I came across this news from the Foundation Fighting Blindness’ we ... Read on »
A New Approach to Treating Chronic Kidney Disease: Replenishing Your Nephrons by Irv Arons Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine As some of you may know, I have chronic kidney disease (CKD). Thanks to my wife and the scare put into me by my nephrologist, that I would soon have to begin dialysis, I hav ... Read on »